Graham-Cassidy bill not good for families

The Graham-Cassidy health care repeal plan would threaten the health of my family, and of children and families across our community and state. If passed, the Graham-Cassidy bill would cause 32 million people to lose their coverage and raise costs for people lucky enough to hang onto their plans by 20 percent or more. It would allow insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, and fundamentally weaken Medicaid, which covers half of all births in this country — ensuring moms and kids get a healthy start–as well as 10 million people with disabilities, and 70 percent of nursing home residents — ensuring our aging population receives the care they need.

The Graham-Cassidy health care bill would be a disaster for families and the economy in our community and across the nation. To be sure, we need to improve and strengthen our health care system, but it must be done in a bipartisan manner. No one should support this kind of heartless and irresponsible policy making.

Mary O’Neill

Presque Isle