Doyle Reaction to Senate Trumpcare Bill
June 22, 2017
Washington, DC – Congressman Doyle (D-PA-14) issued the following statement in response to the public release this morning of the Senate Republican “discussion draft” of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
“We’ve finally seen the result of the Senate Republicans’ secret backroom deal, and now it’s clear why they kept it secret for so long.
“The Senate Republicans’ draft legislation would make even deeper cuts in health care for the poor, disabled, and elderly than the House bill would, while giving the same massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy. ON top of that, the Senate draft contains some of worst provisions in the House-passed bill – like the age tax, skimpier insurance coverage, and stealing from Medicare.
“Now they’re trying to pass it quickly before the public knows what’s in it. This legislation would affect millions of Americans and a sixth of the US economy. It shouldn’t be sprung on the American people without a thorough consideration. It should get hearings and full committee consideration under regular order before it’s brought up for approval by the full Senate.
“We’re still looking at the details of the bill, but several points are immediately clear. The Senate draft would kick more vulnerable Americans off Medicaid in the long run than the House-passed bill. Delaying the Medicaid cuts is a gimmick they’re using to hide the impact these cuts are going to have.
“On its surface, the Senate draft appears to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, but the devil’s in the details. That section of the draft will need a lot of scrutiny. My concern is that in the past insurance companies have proven to be very good at cherry-picking healthier, profitable customers and finding ways to reject sick customers and customers with pre-existing conditions – or at the very least, charging them a lot more.
“The bottom line is that this Republican ‘discussion draft’ would kick millions of vulnerable Americans off Medicaid, force millions of other Americans to pay more money for less coverage – and give $600 billion in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. That’s just disgusting.
"There’s not that much difference between the Senate legislation and the Trumpcare bill passed by the House last month. One thing’s for sure – they’re both worse than what we’ve got now. Republicans should stop trying to sabotage and repeal the Affordable Care Act – and work with Democrats to improve it instead.”