Republicans’ Revised Bill Still Guts Medicaid Funding
National Health Law Program (NHeLP) Executive Director Elizabeth G. Taylor said the Senate leadership’s latest “health care” bill still contains all the provisions that helped make it a historically unpopular bill.
“The few revisions we have seen today do nothing to address the fact that this bill would repeal integral provisions of the Affordable Care Act and gut Medicaid funding,” Taylor said. “This bill, like its predecessor, is a destroyer of our health care system. It would set our country back decades in terms of health care reforms. Fewer people would be covered, more people would be stuck with inadequate health care plans and our health care industry would see big job losses, which in turn would harm state and local economies from coast to coast.”
NHeLP Managing Attorney of the DC Office Mara Youdelman said the Senate appears to be forging ahead without listening to constituents or health care professionals.
“Senate leadership appears out-of-touch and unconcerned about the health care system and driven exclusively by a desperate desire to provide the Trump administration a legislative victory,” Youdelman said. “This is no way to handle our health care system, since health is foundational for all of us, not to mention that these changes affect an enormous part of this country’s economy. We hope senators will stand up against the legislation, and urge the leadership to back off of trying to gut the ACA and Medicaid.”
Please contact NHeLP’s Director of Communications Jeremy Leaming for further comment on the Senate’s attempt to pass a health care bill.
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