Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette: CBO Score Shows GOP Health Care Bill Would Harm Millions

Mar 13, 2017
Press Release

Denver Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, said today’s Congressional Budget Office assessment of the Republican bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act proves that Americans would be better off if Congress works on a bipartisan basis to amend the ACA rather than jamming through a unilateral repeal.

“The truth is now plain for all to see: This Trumpcare bill will take a terrible toll, both in human and financial terms,” DeGette said. “It will deprive 14 million people of insurance in its first year alone, and 24 million by 2026. Premiums will spike by 15 to 20 percent in 2018 and 2019, on top of projected increases under the current law. Deductibles will go up, as well. This bill will raise health costs on the middle class while giving tax breaks to the very wealthy, while pushing working families out of health coverage altogether.  

“Rather than jamming this bad bill through the House for a lopsided, party-line vote as the majority leadership is trying to do, we should sit down together and work on bipartisan solutions to improve what we already have.”

It was only last Monday evening that House Republicans released their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  “The American Health Care Act” removes many of the important provisions in the ACA that have expanded coverage for millions of Americans. Less than two days later, the Energy and Commerce Committee started a marathon markup of the bill.  As a senior member of the committee, DeGette helped lead the charge against this dangerous piece of legislation through nearly 28 hours of debate.  Meanwhile, it quickly became clear that the House majority had belatedly requested a necessary review of the bill by the non-partisan CBO.