July 13, 2017

Whitehouse Statement on Revised GOP Health Care Bill

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the latest iteration of Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“This is the same train wreck of a bill, just sprinkled with a few sweetheart deals to try to scrape together enough Republican support.  The truth is there is no way to make this bill palatable to the American people.  It still slashes Medicaid funding, jeopardizing coverage for millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders, and brings us back to the days when insurance companies could discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.  That is still, as the President said it, ‘mean.’

“So since this is just a weakly dressed-up version of the same terrible bill, you have to wonder what Republicans have been doing the past several weeks.  Clearly, they’re not listening to the vast majority of Americans who don’t want this legislation.  Rather than continue to waste time on this wretched, ‘mean’ bill, it’s time to move on and work with Democrats to improve on the gains we’ve made under the Affordable Care Act.”


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