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Statement on the Senate’s GOP Healthcare Bill by Colon Cancer Alliance CEO, Michael Sapienza

The release of the Senate’s proposed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has finally arrived, and this could mean less coverage and higher premiums for Americans nationwide with cancer.

Rewriting the U.S. health insurance system is a massive legislative initiative and should not be taken lightly. Close to 135,000 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in 2017 alone, and over 50,000 people will lose their lives to the disease. Healthcare is more than one-sixth of our economy and access to health insurance is a leading predictor of whether you will survive a cancer diagnosis.

Higher costs coupled with less care, in a nation where 1 in 5 Americans are dependent upon Medicaid, does not make sense for the American people.

The administration stated they hoped for a measure that had “heart in it.” This bill does not fit that measurement. The proposed legislation proves what we feared most for healthcare and the cancer community: A significantly more uninsured population and long-term cuts to vulnerable, low-income Americans.

As the largest patient advocacy organization dedicated to the prevention of colorectal cancer, we vehemently encourage Congress to present a healthcare plan that will provide high quality affordable health care for all Americans.