FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Annette Raveneau
Shredding Medicaid Safety Net, Stripping Health Care from Millions, Driving up Premiums, and Endangering People with Pre-Existing Conditions
Following is the statement of Craig Obey, Deputy Executive Director of Families USA:
“Republicans should be ashamed. After insisting they would do better than the House of Representatives, they have proposed a repeal plan that is more harmful and equally heartless. This disastrous bill, ironically called “Better Care”, does not make health care better for our kids and families; it does the opposite. The supposed improvements it makes on the House Bill are cosmetic, while the deeper cuts to Medicaid it puts in place are dramatic and all-too-real. It will bleed Medicaid increasingly dry, year after year, leaving our children, seniors, and people with disabilities at ever-increasing risk. And it will deny health care to countless people when they need it most, all to provide a tax cut to wealthy individuals and corporations who do not need it.
“There is still time for Senators to come to their senses and leave a legacy they will be proud of, rather than the stain this bill will undoubtedly leave on history. This bill is not what America is about and Senators should know better.
Do not be misled by false comparisons between the Senate and the House bill. The real comparison should be made with the health care people receive now and are guaranteed in the future under current law. Compared to that benchmark, this proposal is an abysmal failure.”
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