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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters: The Latest Version of Trumpcare is Truly Catastrophic!

September 25, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Waters: The Latest Version of Trumpcare is Truly Catastrophic!

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plans to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known as the Graham-Cassidy bill:

“I am appalled that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is forcing Senators to vote on yet another partisan Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care.  Nevertheless, I am encouraged by the fact that several Senate Republicans are listening to their constituents and refusing to commit to support the Graham-Cassidy bill, an outrageous Trumpcare bill that would take health coverage away from millions of Americans and recklessly dismantle our nation’s health system.

“Republicans’ latest version of Trumpcare is truly catastrophic.  It would callously destroy protections for people with pre-existing conditions, eliminate essential health benefits, and reinstate the dreaded lifetime and annual limits on care.

“While Mitch McConnell is not even planning to wait for an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, an independent report indicates that this Trumpcare bill would cause 32 million people to lose their health insurance over the next ten years, including more than 4.5 million people in California.[1]  Furthermore, the bill would cut the combined federal funding for Medicaid and the health insurance marketplaces by $239 billion during the period between 2020 and 2026 and slash funding for Medicaid and the health insurance marketplaces by almost $300 billion in 2027 alone.[2]  

“It is not the least bit surprising that so many Americans are terrified by Trumpcare. This bill would have a devastating impact upon working families, disabled Americans, children, veterans, seniors, and people with pre-existing conditions throughout the United States. 

“I call upon my Republican colleagues in both the Senate and the House to stop trying to rob American families of their health coverage and start working with Democrats to pass bipartisan legislation that will give the American people the quality, affordable health care they deserve.”

 

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