(Washington, DC) – The latest healthcare proposal, introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is making waves in Congress, as it moves toward a vote early next week.
The Graham-Cassidy bill would inflict more damage than any of its previous iterations, eliminating the Affordable Care Act by converting it into a block grant to states, while simultaneously imposing a per capita cap on the Medicaid program, which the Senate previously rejected.
In a statement released today, First Focus Campaign for Children President Bruce Lesley wrote:
“This is the most harmful healthcare bill yet. It’s beleaguering for American families to wonder what their future holds, as Congress cobbles together its latest answer to the ACA. We need policymakers to rethink this bill, with a clear ‘do no harm’ focus on our youngest citizens. The Graham-Cassidy bill is the complete opposite – it would do significant harm to the 37 million children who rely on Medicaid.”
“The First Focus Campaign for Children strongly urges the Senate to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal, and instead create a healthcare solution that both sides can agree on – one that puts children and families first, and builds a brighter future for generations to come.”


The First Focus Campaign for Children is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization affiliated with First Focus, a nonpartisan children’s advocacy organization. The Campaign for Children advocates directly for legislative change in Congress to ensure children and families are the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. For more information, visit www.campaignforchildren.org.