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Waters on Trumpcare: Desperate & Pathetic Attempt for a Victory at the Expense of Americans

May 4, 2017
Press Release

Waters on Trumpcare: Desperate & Pathetic Attempt for a Victory at the Expense of Americans 


Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today in response to the passage of the American Health Care Act, also known as “Trumpcare”, in the U.S. House of Representatives:


“I am disgusted by today’s passage of Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Donald Trump campaigned on repealing Obamacare, and Republicans have had over seven years to present healthcare legislation that they claimed would be better than Obamacare.  After their embarrassing failure to produce a plan and unite their caucus in March, they are now so desperate to secure a legislative victory that they jammed through a half-baked bill that will jeopardize the lives of millions of Americans. This is a heartless and malicious ploy by Trump and his Republican allies in Congress, and they will all pay the price with their constituents.


“Trumpcare will cause 24 million Americans to lose their health coverage, slash Medicaid by $880 billion, and gut protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.  It will impose a crushing age tax on older Americans, many of whom live on fixed incomes and have serious health issues, making their premiums five times higher than what others pay for the same coverage.  And to make matters worse, as Trumpcare forces families to pay higher premiums and deductibles, it will simultaneously provide $600 billion in tax cuts for large corporations and the wealthiest families in this country – a move that Trump and House Republicans have conveniently hidden in the text of their bill.


“How many times did Donald Trump promise that he would come up with a ‘new’ and ‘better’ health care plan?  How many times did he ensure Americans that his plan would have a ‘lesser cost’?  How many times did he reiterate that there would be ‘insurance for everybody’?  The bill that Trump negotiated, and House Republicans passed today, proves once again that Trump is nothing but a liar and a con man who only wants one thing – a cheap victory for himself and the wealthiest people in this country – and he couldn’t care less if that victory comes at the expense of millions of hard-working Americans and their families.


“I am thoroughly outraged by the passage of such a reckless and ill-conceived bill that will hurt so many Americans.  I stand with Congressional Democrats as we fight to stop this bill from passing the Senate and hold House Republicans accountable for this catastrophic assault on low- and middle-income families across this nation.”