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Congresswoman Waters Condemns Donald Trump’s Efforts to Destroy the American Health Care System

October 12, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Waters Condemns Donald Trump’s Efforts to Destroy the American Health Care System


WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after Donald Trump signed an executive order undermining the Affordable Care Act (ACA):


“I am deeply disturbed, but not surprised, that Donald Trump, once again, has chosen to place the American people at risk with a reckless, ill-conceived, and shortsighted executive order that undermines the Affordable Care Act.  


“Over the past eight months, this president and his party have repeatedly threatened the health coverage of millions of Americans instead of working to develop and pass legislation that would actually strengthen our nation’s health care system.  Now, in an act of desperation, as the clock runs out on his first year in office, Donald Trump has signed an executive order that could upend our health care system, jeopardize health insurance markets, and increase costs for millions of Americans, particularly those with pre-existing conditions.


“Don’t be fooled.  Despite what he claims, this president does not have the best interests of working people or small businesses at heart.  The purpose of Donald Trump’s executive order is clear: to dismantle the Affordable Care Act at any cost – even if that means sabotaging our entire health care system and placing our economy at risk.  Donald Trump and his Republican allies on Capitol Hill have no real plans to provide all Americans – including working families, disabled Americans, children, veterans, seniors, and people with pre-existing conditions – the quality and affordable health care they deserve.


“I strongly condemn Donald Trump’s executive order, and I once again urge Republicans in Congress to begin working with Democrats to develop bipartisan legislation that will strengthen, not undermine, our nation’s health care system.”