Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette: New CBO Report Shows Latest Trumpcare Bill Will Harm Many People and Lead to Needless Deaths

Jun 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, said the report just issued by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office on the Senate bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act shows this latest iteration of Trumpcare will harm many people and lead to needless deaths.

“The CBO’s calculations show the Senate Trumpcare bill would rip coverage away from 22 million people and raise costs for many millions of others,” DeGette said.  “It would jeopardize health care for 77 million who are on Medicaid, placing per-capita lifetime caps on the program so that anyone on Medicaid could see his or her benefits suddenly cut off. 

“And thanks to a provision added to the bill just today, people who accidently experience a gap in coverage could be locked out of health insurance completely for six months.  If they develop a serious illness or are diagnosed with one during that time, it could be a death sentence.  Meanwhile, the same heartless Senate bill still gives tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy.

“To quote President Trump himself, this bill is ‘mean.’  It will force families to pay higher premiums and deductibles, provide less coverage for tens of millions of people, gut key protections and impose a crushing Age Tax. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would support that.”