FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2017
Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate leadership today announced the body would not vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. The proposal stood to worsen access to affordable and quality health care for American family farmers and ranchers, according to National Farmers Union (NFU).
NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the announcement:
“The decision not to vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill comes as a major relief to family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities across the country.
“The proposal would have destabilized individual marketplaces, caused millions to lose coverage, and weakened protections for individuals with preexisting conditions. At the same time, dramatic cuts to health care funding would have made it all but impossible for states to prevent rising premiums and rural hospital closures.
“Despite the pressing need for fixes to our health care system, congressional leadership has continuously proposed partisan plans that seek to further a political agenda rather than one that improves the lives of all Americans.
“NFU urges Congress to begin writing bipartisan legislation that improves access to affordable and quality health care for family farmers and ranchers.”
To download an audio file of Roger Johnson’s quote, visit our website at nfu.org/audio.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.