Press Release: CBO Score Shows GOP Repeal Bill Will Wreck America’s Health Care

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Contact: Robyn Shapiro, robyn.shapiro@berlinrosen.com, 202-800-7407
 

CBO Score Shows GOP Repeal Bill Will Wreck America’s Health Care

Senate Must Scrap House Bill

23 million will lose coverage, millions with pre-existing conditions will be at risk of paying skyrocketing premiums or not getting coverage, and Medicaid will be cut by $834 billion

All to give $600 billion in tax cuts to the wealthy and drug and insurance corporations

The following is a statement by Margarida Jorge and Ethan Rome, co-directors of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), on the new Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Republican American Health Care Act.

“The Republican repeal bill is breathtaking in the damage it will cause America’s families and the chaos it will bring to our health care system. The analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) puts a clear decision squarely before the Senate: Will the Senate wreck America’s health care to pay for tax cuts for the rich, or will it build on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Medicare so everyone in America has quality health care they can afford?

“If it wasn’t obvious to everyone before, it’s now crystal clear that the Senate cannot fix this bill by moving around the pieces and making modest changes. It’s fatally flawed. It’s designed to pay for tax cuts for the rich by taking away people’s health care. You can’t tweak that.

“It’s time to stop this madness and end the partisan, political health care war. As the CBO score shows, the Republican repeal bill wrecks the health care of millions of Americans to give huge tax cuts to the very wealthy and drug and insurance corporations. That’s the wrong formula for Americans’ health. Instead, the Republicans in the House and Senate should work to guarantee quality, affordable health care for everyone.”

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.