WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bread for the World today expressed concern that 22 million people would
lose their health care coverage by 2026 under the Senate’s Better Care
Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA). Included in the number are 15 million
who would lose coverage from Medicaid. This would increase hunger and
poverty in the United States.
“The Senate’s health care bill is no better than the House version,”
said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “This bill
should not be passed because it will increase hunger and poverty.
Twenty-two million people, including 15 million of the most vulnerable
Americans, would lose their health care coverage.”
The BCRA would cut Medicaid funding $772 billion by 2026, according to
an analysis released this afternoon by the Congressional Budget Office
(CBO). It would also end the Medicaid expansion and enact deeper,
long-term cuts to the program.
“Both bills are mean-spirited and cruel,” Beckmann said. “If senators
truly care about the well-being of their most vulnerable constituents –
the elderly, people with disabilities, and children — they will vote
against this legislation.”
Bread for the World (www.bread.org)
is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to
end hunger at home and abroad.