San Francisco AIDS Foundation Opposes Graham-Cassidy Bill to Repeal Affordable Care Act

SAN FRANCISCO, September 19, 2017—San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Joe Hollendoner issued the following statement opposing the Graham-Cassidy bill, urging voters to contact their members of Congress.

"For many Americans, health care is the difference between life and death. The latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act sponsored by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is misguided and dangerous. It targets the most vulnerable Americans putting their lives and well-being at risk.

"The 'Graham-Cassidy' repeal bill is just as bad – if not worse – than the previous failed attempts to pass a bill. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, this latest attempt:

  • Strips health care coverage from millions
  • Hikes premiums and out-of-pocket costs for millions
  • Ends the Medicaid expansion, caps and deeply cuts the rest of the Medicaid program, endangering seniors, people with disabilities, children, moderate-income people, people who use opioids, and rural hospitals
  • Allows states to eliminate or weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions

"Even a bipartisan coalition of governors has stepped forward to denounce this bill. But, policy experts are concerned that there is enough Republican support to pass the bill regardless.

"It is our obligation to protect people with preexisting conditions, especially those living with HIV. This bill is a death sentence and would fundamentally change federal programs people with HIV count on every day for care.

"Join me in urging our elected representatives in Washington D.C. to publicly denounce Graham-Cassidy and any attempt to strip people of their health coverage. Lives are on the line, your voice is needed to save them."

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No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. Established in 1982, San Francisco AIDS Foundation targets the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. We refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. More information about the foundation is available at


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