House Votes to Strip Health Care from Millions of Americans, Raise Taxes on Working Families to Pay for a Massive Tax Giveaway to the Very Wealthy and Big Corporations
Washington, D.C. – After the U.S. House voted for the final tax bill that would repeal the individual responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act, gut Medicaid and Medicare, and raise taxes on the middle-class to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:
“This tax bill is a scam. It’s not about reforming the tax code or creating jobs – its’s about raising taxes on working families and taking away health care from children, seniors, and people with disabilities to increase the wealth of the top 1 percent and big corporations. The GOP is engineering a massive redistribution of wealth from low- and moderate-income families to wealthy individuals, Wall Street CEOS and corporations.
“The Republicans are lining the pockets of Wall Street elites by taking health care away from 13 million Americans, raising premiums for millions more, and taking away tax deductions the middle-class depend on. The Republicans should be ashamed of their vote and this attack on America’s health care and families. While big pharma and CEOs win with this bill, the rest of America pays the price.
“If Senate Republicans will put partisanship aside, they can stop this disaster by simply rejecting this dangerous bill that will harm our economy, our health, and our families. If not, when voters head to the polls in 2018, they won’t forget that the GOP took their money and health care to give to the rich.”
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.