Press Release: Senate Republicans Put Big Insurance First: Vote to Protect Junk Insurance Instead of Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.grogan@berlinrosen.com, 512-913-8875

Senate Republicans Put Big Insurance First: Vote to Protect Junk Insurance Instead of Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

Washington, DC – In response to Senate Republicans’ vote to support Trump’s expansion of junk insurance plans that hurt consumers, don’t cover basic services like maternity care and don’t protect people with pre-existing conditions, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“With just weeks to go to Election Day, Senate Republicans once again put big insurance ahead of the health of the American people. Their vote against Senator Tammy Baldwin’s proposal to reverse the damage done by President Trump’s expansion of junk insurance plans is an attack on every person living with pre-existing conditions, every family who has suffered because a loved one couldn’t get treatment for their substance use disorder or opioid addiction, and every woman who is or may become a mother.

“Expanding junk insurance flies in the face of recommendations from consumer advocates and health experts and will only benefit big insurance companies that are already raking in millions in tax breaks thanks to the GOP’s tax giveaway. These plans don’t even meet the minimum standards of covering emergency room visits or prescription drugs. Republicans are once again helping corporations make more money when they should be protecting hard-working families and ensuring they get the care they need. Any politician who votes to undermine the Affordable Care Act and allow insurance companies to weaken the care Americans get will have to answer to their constituents November 6.”

 

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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.