Add Governor Roy Cooper to the list of lawmakers speaking out against the so-called Graham-Cassidy health care bill. In a statement released by his press office Tuesday, Gov. Cooper said the latest effort to repeal and replace the ACA would leave many North Carolinains worse off :
“The latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act may be even worse than previous proposals: raising premiums, weakening protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and slashing over $1 billion from North Carolina’s Medicaid program. North Carolina’s middle-class families will be worse off if this passes.
“Senate Republicans in Washington must work with Democrats to reach a bipartisan solution that expands health care coverage and makes it better.”
Republicans tout that the proposal introduced by Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham would give states more flexibility. Democrats and consumer advocates warn the legislation would eventually end Medicaid block grants in 2027.
Senate Republicans will need 50 votes to advance the legislation.