Legislation that would have endangered hundreds of thousands of PA seniors, children, people with disabilities, and working families fails in Senate
Harrisburg, PA – Today, efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and gut Medicaid failed to secure passage in the Senate. The repeal bills under consideration over the past week would have made drastic cuts to health coverage and increased costs for Pennsylvanians. Antoinette Kraus, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, released the following statement:
“We have teetered on the brink of calamity for months as we have watched a succession of bad bills surface. All of these bills, including the one that failed last night, share a common goal: strip coverage from millions and raise costs on those who purchase it. Most of the bills also attacked Medicaid and the funds needed to ensure children, seniors, and people with disabilities can lead healthy lives. With the failure of the Senate bill, we have a brief moment to breath again.
We are grateful to the thousands of regular Pennsylvanians who spoke out against this harmful bill and who ultimately influenced the outcome today as well as to Senator Bob Casey for his tireless efforts to protect access to health care for Pennsylvanians.
Now is a time to forge ahead with bipartisan efforts to build on the good parts of the Affordable Care Act while fixing the parts that need work. Lawmakers in Washington should engage in a transparent, inclusive process to stabilize the insurance markets and bring down costs. There is no room for more of the same bad bills. Our families and communities deserve better. And while this legislative effort failed, we must remain vigilant and fight back against attacks to Medicaid through both the state and federal budget process.”