Celebrate - And Get Back to Work!
Efforts to protect consumers and stabilize the marketplace must continue
Today, all those who believe that health care is a right and not a privilege for the privileged few, have cause to celebrate - the Cassidy-Graham bill will not come to a vote. We thank all those advocates across the country whose strong voices brought about this victory. We are particularly grateful to those who responded to our request for letters to be sent to the Senate Finance Committee and to Senator Benjamin Cardin who, at yesterday's hearing, raised important issues on both the impact of the bill and the process by which it was brought forward.
However, we are under no illusions that this is the end of the effort to "repeal and replace" the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). As Sarah Kliff reported in Vox, Senator Graham said, “We’re coming back to this after taxes.” And, she pointed out that Republicans could "conceivably set up the reconciliation process again later on in this Congress."
We must remain alert to future efforts to undo the ACA. Now, though we call upon Senate leaders to get back to the bipartisan effort of addressing the critical need to stabilize the insurance markets. They must secure cost-sharing reductions for the future and pursue other avenues such as a reinsurance program. There are also important steps that could be taken at the state level. We look forward to working with our colleagues and elected officials in Maryland to ensure that our state continues on its path forward to deliver on the promise of health equity by securing equal access to high-quality, affordable and comprehensive health care for all.