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American College of Cardiology President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, made the following statement on a potential Senate vote on the proposal authored by Senator Graham and Senator Cassidy:
“It is concerning that the Graham-Cassidy proposal is being rushed to the Senate floor not only at the expense of bipartisan negotiations, but without a detailed analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. There needs to be thorough examination of the effect on Americans’ access to insurance coverage and the potential for increased cost and decreased protection for older, sicker patients.
“The American College of Cardiology once again urges the Senate to work in a bipartisan fashion and advance consensus health care reforms that align with the ACC’s Principles for Health Reform. We must all work together to achieve an outcome that puts patients first and protects access to care.”