Washington, D.C. - Local Lawmakers have sent the following statements after Senate Republicans announced their healthcare plans.
“For weeks, Republicans have been drafting their ‘health care’ bill in secret, refusing to hold hearings or public debate. Now we know why. The bill Republicans announced today is even worse than expected and by far the most harmful piece of legislation I have seen in my lifetime. This bill has nothing to do with health care. It has everything to do with an enormous transfer of wealth from working people to the richest Americans.
“Republicans want to throw millions of Americans off of health insurance – including thousands of Vermonters – slash Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood and substantially increase premiums on older Americans. Meanwhile, their bill would provide over $200 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent and hundreds of billions more to the big drug and insurance companies that are ripping off the American people.
“Our job now is to rally millions of Americans against this disastrous bill to make sure that it does not pass the Senate. Instead of throwing tens of millions of Americans off of health insurance, we must guarantee health care as a right to every American," stated Senator Bernie Sanders
"We’re finally seeing why Senate Republican leaders have been hiding their shameful Trumpcare bill for so long.
With no hearings, no debate, no vetting process, and no score, this plan breaks every promise the President made about what he would do in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
Cobbled together behind closed doors, it is a cruel and cynical hoax, played on millions upon millions of Americans who would lose all or some of their health insurance protections under this plan. Millions of Americans would not be able to afford insurance.
The driving principle in writing this travesty is not improving health insurance, a goal we all share. The main goal is to free up funds to give another massive tax cut to the wealthiest Americans. It is a huge tax cut for the rich, disguised as a health plan.
This bill would affect real people, real families, in Vermont and across the country. This isn’t a political campaign. This is about life, and death, and every family’s access to health care.
These enormous Medicaid cuts would have especially devastating effects in Vermont. One in four adults in Vermont is covered by Medicaid. Almost half of Vermont’s children rely on Medicaid or CHIP for basic health care. Two in three nursing home residents receive Medicaid. These are the most vulnerable Vermonters. These are nursing home patients and their families, pregnant women, children, people with disabilities, and their families -- Vermonters working multiple jobs, but who still cannot afford health insurance.
Incredibly, this bill also undermines Vermont’s ability to fight the opioid crisis. Vermont has done excellent work to cover comprehensive mental health and addiction treatment services under Medicaid, which would be at risk under this bill.
The bill also attacks women’s health by allowing states to choose what insurance plans have to cover, putting maternity benefits and other benefits at risk. It tells women they cannot choose their providers by disallowing Medicaid reimbursement to Planned Parenthood clinics.
A true health care bill does not cut millions ofAmericans off health insurance. A true health care bill does not allow insurance companies to charge people more for less coverage.
I will do all I can to prevent enactment of this disastrous plan, or anything that comes close to it" stated Senator Patrick Leahy.
"The Senate Republican health care bill continues the ultra-conservative assault on New Yorkers and our values. Senate Republicans have broken their promise to protect the American people and are trying to pass an inhumane piece of legislation that hurts middle class New Yorkers, discriminates against women, defunds Planned Parenthood, and turns its back on the most vulnerable Americans.
"Like the disastrous House proposal, this bill will strip coverage from millions of New Yorkers, cost New York State billions of dollars, and devastate our health care system. Senate Republicans have intensified the war on Medicaid services that New Yorkers rely on. And by keeping the reckless Collins-Faso Amendment, this bill targets New York and threatens to slash an additional $2.3 billion in Medicaid funding for the state, leading to devastating cuts to our hospitals, nursing homes, and home care providers.
"In New York, we believe that health care is a human right. That is why earlier this month, we took aggressive actions to ensure that whatever happens in Washington, essential health benefits will continue to be the rule in New York, not the exception. Today I stand with our Senate delegation in opposing this disastrous bill, and I call on all New Yorkers to make their voices heard. Together, we will continue to fight for quality and affordable health care coverage and safeguard the rights of all New Yorkers," stated Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Maggie Hassan
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