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Senator John McCain Stands with Arizona, Says No to Graham-Cassidy Bill

September 25, 2017

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(Phoenix, AZ) – Across Arizona, families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, children in foster care, parents with pre-existing conditions, and children with special needs thank Senator John McCain for standing with his Grand Canyon state and announcing he will vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy Repeal bill.

“With all the information available to us, we know that the Cassidy-Graham bill will place Arizona’s children, seniors, and people with disabilities at risk of losing health coverage, while not solving any of the problems our health care system faces today,” said CAA President and CEO Dana Wolfe Naimark.

According to an economic impact analysis of the Graham-Cassidy bill conducted by the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, our state would lose an average of 18,000 jobs each year from 2020 to 2026 – equivalent to the combined Arizona workforce of Intel and Honeywell Aerospace. The job loss in 2027 when the block grant vanishes would be catastrophic: more than 76,000 private jobs in that year, which is even more than the number of losses in the first year of the Great Recession.

The bill will also put people with pre-existing conditions at risk by allowing states to waive insurance regulations that prevent them from being charged significantly more for coverage. The bill will force Arizona lawmakers to decide whether to drop Medicaid coverage for more than 400,000 adults or come up with billions of dollars in state funds to keep them covered.

“We are hopeful many other senators will follow McCain’s example and reject this proposal developed behind closed doors,” said Naimark. “We look forward to working with McCain and the rest of our Congressional delegation on bipartisan policy proposals that reduce healthcare costs, increase quality, and build on Arizona’s historic gains in the number of adults and children insured.“