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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters: Stopping Trumpcare is a Matter of Life and Death!

July 21, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Waters:  Stopping Trumpcare is a Matter of Life and Death!

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s analyses of the two most recent Senate Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“Stopping Trumpcare is not about politics.  It’s a matter of life and death.  Since it is clear that Donald Trump himself is not interested in the substance of health policy or the work required to craft credible legislation, the Republicans must stop listening to him and start working with Democrats to improve Obamacare and give Americans families the quality health care they deserve.

“Over the last several months, hundreds of thousands of Americans have used their voices to oppose Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  They attended townhall meetings, organized rallies, and expressed their outrage in response to partisan Republican bills that would callously cause millions of people to lose their health insurance.  That is why it is so appalling that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is determined to force Republican Senators to vote next week on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

“The latest version of the Affordable Care Act repeal bill is as dangerous for American families as most of the previous versions.  According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), this bill would cause 22 million people to lose their health insurance over the next 10 years and raise premiums by 20 percent next year.  It is no wonder so many Americans are terrified by what repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean for themselves and their families.

“Another version of the Affordable Care Act repeal bill also under consideration by Senate Republicans is downright catastrophic!  That outrageous bill does not include any replacement whatsoever for the Affordable Care Act, and would cause an astonishing 32 million people to lose their health insurance.  CBO reported that the bill would raise premiums in the individual marketplaces by 25 percent next year, and by an astounding 100 percent by 2026.  Furthermore, half of the nation’s population would be living in areas of the country where no health insurance company would even be participating in these marketplaces. 

“The Affordable Care Act repeal bill passed by House Republicans in May would also be a disaster.  That bill would cause 23 million people to lose their health insurance, eliminate essential health benefits, and slash Medicaid by more than $800 billion.  Even Donald Trump called the House bill ‘mean,’ despite celebrating its passage with a White House ceremony.

“We cannot allow Donald Trump and his Republican allies to recklessly dismantle our nation’s health system.  I am encouraged by the fact that several Senate Republicans have already voiced their objections to these heartless repeal bills.  I urge the Senate Republicans who have not yet done so to join their colleagues in opposition to these terrible bills and start working with Democrats to pass bipartisan legislation that will provide the American people the quality, affordable health care they deserve.”

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