West Health opposes Graham-Cassidy; says disastrous bill fails to protect the critical healthcare needs of older, most vulnerable citizens


SAN DIEGO and WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 23, 2017– Dedicated to enabling seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services, West Health, a nonprofit based in San Diego, issued the following statement from its president and CEO, Shelley Lyford, in opposition to the U.S. Senate’s Graham-Cassidy legislation:

“The Graham-Cassidy bill would deliver a devastating blow to Medicaid, which provides critical services and assistance to nearly 75 million poor, elderly and disabled Americans.  Further, the bill fails to address the fundamental fact that America’s healthcare costs too much, and does virtually nothing to create a sustainable and high-performing healthcare system. For these reasons, more than anything else, all Americans should strongly oppose this bill and urge policy makers to put politics aside and put people first. We must only support legislation that offers strategies to address the unsustainable trajectory of healthcare expenses so we protect access and choice for everyone, especially our older and most vulnerable citizens, and eliminate the prevalence of disparities in care as well as the unnecessary tests and procedures caused by fee-for-service medicine. Our healthcare system is broken, and now is the time to fix it instead of making it worse.”

 

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