Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell released the following statement on the Graham-Cassidy legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

WASHINGTON – Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell released the following statement on the Graham-Cassidy legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act:

“The Senate’s latest bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would have even greater catastrophic consequences for millions of Americans battling addiction. By cutting Medicaid funding to zero by 2027, this health care bill is even worse than the previous ones. These cuts and the elimination of critical insurance market reforms that expanded access to treatment will undoubtedly cause people to die unnecessarily.

“All Americans deserve high-quality evidence based treatment as they fight addiction. By supporting this bill, Washington politicians will take three steps back when it comes to helping the one in three American families who are struggling with addiction today. If Senators are serious about addressing this crisis, they will vote against the bill, abandon the partisan gamesmanship and return to the bipartisan negotiations that could identify real solutions that help arrest this crisis.”

About Gary Mendell:

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. Mr. Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. He is an experienced businessman and CEO, who founded HEI Hotels & Resorts and is the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.

About Shatterproof:

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support for families by providing evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof also advocates for federal and state policy changes by supporting the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance-use disorders.

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