DeGette: TrumpCare Bill’s Rush to Passage Will Come Back to Haunt Republicans
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, said the House rush to passage of the revised bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will come back to haunt Republicans once Americans realize how bad the legislation is.
“The American Health Care Act was pulled from the House floor in March because the American people realized it was a deeply flawed bill,” DeGette said during floor debate on the newly-amended legislation. “That bill would have ripped health care coverage away from 24 million of our constituents. For those lucky enough to maintain coverage, the bill would have massively raised premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. The crushing age tax of the bill would force older adults to pay astronomically high premiums. So what did the majority do in the last six weeks? They made the bill worse.”
Noting that the new version would let insurance companies opt out of covering essential health benefits guaranteed by the ACA – including maternity care, emergency room coverage and mental health treatment – as well as driving up insurance costs for those with pre-existing conditions and for seniors. DeGette said all this and more would become clearer once the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has a chance to evaluate the revised bill. The CBO found that the original bill proposed in March would have deprived 24 million Americans of health care coverage who currently have it.
“My Republican colleagues are going to be really, really sorry that they rushed this bill to the floor before they got an amended CBO score,” DeGette said, because once that information becomes available, Americans “are going to be shocked to wake up to find out, if this TrumpCare bill passes, many millions more will lose their coverage.”