Local Lawmakers React to New Draft of the Senate Healthcare Plan


Senate Republicans unveiled their second take on the healthcare bill to replace and repeal Obamacare.

Some lawmakers from New York, New Hampshire and Vermont aren’t backing the latest draft.

The plan allocates billions of dollars to combat opioid addiction, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the money hides the sponsors’ true motivations.

“$45 billion is a drop in the bucket as to what it will take to combat opioid abuse in this country.,” Sen. Schumer said. “Adding 45 billion dollars in opioid funding is about buying Republican votes, not about saving young lives.”

Schumer says the plan takes a ‘sledge hammer’ to Medicaid, cutting back funds for the program.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I) Vermont, calls the plan an “absolute disaster.”

“The revised Republican ‘health care’ plan is an absolute disaster that will inflict severe economic pain on millions of Americans… Make no mistake about it, thousands of Americans every year will die unnecessarily if this legislation is passed,” Sen. Sanders said in a statement.

Sen. Patrick Leahy echoed these concerns.

“This remains a stumbling, shameful and craven exercise to pass a tax bill in the guise of a health care bill.  The ‘mean’ House bill the President described keeps getting meaner,” the Vermont Democrat said.

Sen. Maggie Hassan, (D) New Hampshire, says the plan is just like the previous version and strips away insurance from millions.

“It is abundantly clear that there is no fixing the Trumpcare bill, which just like all of the previous versions, would lead to higher costs for worse health care coverage, strip health insurance away altogether from millions of Americans, and greatly hinder our efforts to combat the heroin, fentanyl, and opioid crisis,” Sen. Hassan said in a statement.

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