05.04.17

Scott Denounces House Republicans’ Passage of Trumpcare

WASHINGTON – Today, House Republicans voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare. House Republicans forced the vote without a Congressional Budget Office score of how the final legislation will affect America’s families and the economy. Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) spoke on the House Floor against the bill.

A few facts about the situation since the passage of the Affordable Care Act: costs have gone up at the slowest rate in 50 years. Pre-existing conditions are covered at the standard rate. Instead of millions of people losing their insurance, the number of individuals with insurance has increased by over 20 million, and personal bankruptcy filings have gone down 50 percent,” said Ranking Member Scott.

Trumpcare would allow insurance companies to discriminate against Americans with pre-existing medical conditions and impose a crippling age tax on seniors. The bill cuts $885 billion from Medicaid, which provides funding for critical services in our nation’s public schools for students – especially for students with disabilities. The bill guts Medicaid and Medicare, while simultaneously providing massive tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations.

“Still all we hear are empty promises about something better, but CBO has already debunked this promise by pointing out that 24 million Americans will lose coverage, costs will go up, and policies will cover less,” Ranking Member Scott continued. “Whatever you think of the Affordable Care Act, this bill makes things worse. Except for millionaires who get a tax cut.”

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established that access to health care is a right – not a privilege. Committee Democrats remain committed to improving the ACA while building on the successes of the law. Ranking Member Scott has often stated that he would support a plan that would decrease costs, and increase the number of insured without sacrificing the quality of care. Trumpcare accomplishes none of these goals and hurts America’s students, workers, and families.

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