ACC: Health Reform Proposal Comes at Expense of Bipartisan Negotiations

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WASHINGTON (Sep 21, 2017) -

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."

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit


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