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LCA Statement on the Failed Senate Vote on the Health Care Freedom Act

Friday, July 28, 2017 – Early this morning, the United States Senate voted down the Health Care Freedom Act, the "Skinny Repeal" bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), by a vote of 49 – 51. This bill would have repealed the employer and individual mandates as well as the medical device tax. According to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released Thursday night, the measure would have also left an estimated 16 million more Americans without health insurance and premiums would have risen by 20 percent starting next year.

As this process has progressed, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) has expressed concerns about the potential impact of changes to healthcare that would result in loss of insurance coverage, decreases in overall benefits and increased costs for the most vulnerable and at risk members of our community.

We acknowledge that ACA is not perfect and that improvements to the law are needed both now and in the future, but this process must include input from the public and the people who will be directly impacted. Instead of a rapid vote to repeal and replace our current structure, we urge Congress to work in a bipartisan way to make improvements and a long-term dedicated investment to a patient-valued healthcare delivery system to ensure access to affordable care for the lung cancer community.