Senator Franken, Following Repeal and Replace Resurgence, Takes to Social Media.

The following first appeared on Senator Al Franken’s Facebook page.

“In defiance of the vast majority of Americans, Senate Republicans are trying yet again to rip health care away from millions of Americans. This effort, led by Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, is quickly gaining steam, and it’s time to raise your voices in response.

The new proposal would roll back nationwide protections for people with pre-existing conditions and make health care coverage unobtainable for many Americans. And on top of that, it would profoundly change how Medicaid works—breaking the federal government’s promise to fund a program that serves as a lifeline to seniors, working families, children, and people with disabilities. But that’s not all. It scraps important consumer protections, opening the door for insurers to impose lifetime and annual limits and charge older folks more money for coverage.

This proposal not only makes it harder for states to deliver care, it actually punishes states that expanded Medicaid and have proactively enrolled people in coverage—states like Minnesota. Nationally, this proposal would cut federal funding for coverage programs by $80 billion in 2026, and by $300 billion in 2027, wreaking havoc on Minnesota’s budget and state budgets across the country.

This bill would be a disaster for Minnesotans and the American people. As a member of the Senate Health Committee, I’m going to fight this, and I call on my colleagues to continue the bipartisan work we’ve started to help bring down health insurance premiums, stabilize the individual market, and lower health care costs for all people. Let’s keep moving forward by putting people over politics and making sure that Minnesotans—and Americans across the country—have access to affordable, high quality health care. This is what Minnesotans want and what the American people deserve.”