Wasserman Schultz Condemns Republican Passage of Trumpcare 2.0

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Washington, DC, May 4, 2017 | comments
The Trumpcare 2.0 bill that Republicans passed today is one of the most deceptive and destructive pieces of legislation to ever emerge from my time in the U.S. House of Representatives. Trumpcare 2.0 would provide less care with much higher costs. It would make tens of millions of Americans sicker and poorer, and unravel much of the progress Democrats made in creating a more affordable, equitable and compassionate health system. And, shamefully, Republicans did it with demonstrably false claims about who this bill would hurt, and without any hearings or an official nonpartisan estimate of its fiscal impact.
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Washington, DC ­– U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), released the following statement in response to the Republican vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“The Trumpcare 2.0 bill that Republicans passed today is one of the most deceptive and destructive pieces of legislation to ever emerge from my time in the U.S. House of Representatives. Trumpcare 2.0 would provide less care with much higher costs. It would make tens of millions of Americans sicker and poorer, and unravel much of the progress Democrats made in creating a more affordable, equitable and compassionate health system. And, shamefully, Republicans did it with demonstrably false claims about who this bill would hurt, and without any hearings or an official nonpartisan estimate of its fiscal impact.

What we do know is this: 24 million more people would be left without coverage and millions more Americans with preexisting conditions would lose their coverage and face skyrocketing costs. Trumpcare 2.0 would create an ‘age tax’ for older adults (50-64), and open up anyone with an employer plan to annual and lifetime coverage caps -- all while funneling hundreds of billions in tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations.

This rushed, ill-conceived and dangerous proposal by Donald Trump and Paul Ryan has been panned by nearly every patient and medical advocacy group in America, including AARP, the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the Children’s Hospital Association, Planned Parenthood, the American Cancer Society and an array of religious groups.

Put simply, almost no one would be spared from the harm this bill inflicts. As this painful, costly truth becomes clearer, Senators would be wise to let this Trumpcare 2.0 bill die a natural death, and start over with an open, honest attempt to improve the Affordable Care Act to provide affordable quality healthcare to even more Americans.”

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Contact: David.Damron@mail.house.gov or 202-906-0542

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