Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, who represents Richmond and surrounding cities, released a statement Tuesday providing his opinion on the newly released Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act.
For background, a Washington Post article published Monday explains key parts of the legislation, which doesn’t only face opposition from Democrats. Some conservatives are complaining that it doesn’t go far enough to eliminate Obamacare.
Congressman DeSaulnier’s statement on the Republican plan follows:
“After seven years and more than 60 attempts to gut, rather than improve, the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have finally released their plan – only to put forth a bill which would roll back years of progress. The Republican plan would cause millions of Californians to lose their coverage, increase premiums and deductibles for working families, force seniors to pay five times more than what others pay for health coverage, and cause 11 million Americans to lose coverage through the termination of Medicaid expansion. The real winners under the Republican plan are the insurance companies, pharmaceutical industry, and the wealthy – leaving the sick, poor, and elderly to bear the brunt of damages caused by this flawed plan.
“It is negligent and reckless for Republicans to jam their health care plan through committees this week without having it reviewed by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office to determine the impact on taxpayers and the federal deficit. Before a single vote is cast Americans deserve to know what this damaging plan will mean for the coverage they already have, the health care costs families will pay, and the quality of the health care plans that will be offered. Before acting hastily, Republican Members would do well to remember that before the ACA was enacted in 2010 there were 79 bipartisan hearings and markups held in the House, 181 witnesses from both sides of the aisle called upon to testify, and 239 amendments considered, with 121 accepted, to ensure Members, experts, and the American people were heard.”