***For Immediate Release***
July 13, 2017
Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director
Office: (402) 438-8853
Mobile: (402) 840-7289
Nebraska Appleseed Statement on changes to Senate Health Care Bill
Cosmetic changes still will leave hundreds of thousands of Nebraskans uninsured
LINCOLN — Today the U.S. Senate released an updated version of its bill to overhaul the American health care system, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act.” The bill makes the same drastic cuts to Medicaid as the previous iteration, will force at least tens of thousands of Nebraskans to lose health coverage, and removes vital protections for Nebraskans with preexisting health conditions.
Nebraska Appleseed Deputy Health Care Director Molly McCleery issued the following statement on the bill’s revisions:
“These changes to the Senate health care bill make no substantial improvement to the previous version, and still will cause at least tens of thousands of Nebraskans to lose life-saving health coverage,” McCleery said. “The changes to the BCRA still will force millions of Americans to lose their insurance, take away protections for people with preexisting conditions, and deal a devastating blow to the 1 in 8 Nebraskans who receive health coverage through Medicaid. It will cause people, especially seniors and people who are sick, to pay higher costs to receive worse coverage.
“There is no way this bill can be salvaged through small, cosmetic changes. The BCRA remains a giant leap backward for the U.S. health care system that ultimately leaves many Nebraskans who need health care the most unable to get the medical treatments they need. We urge Sen. Fischer and Sen. Sasse to work together with their Senate colleagues on a new bill that improves the affordability and protections of health insurance. With an open, transparent, and public process, our leaders can bring together the best ideas that will build a system that allows every Nebraskan to get the coverage they need.”
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