Taking Health Care from Millions, Giving Tax Breaks to the Rich

Below is a statement from Andy Spears, Executive Director of Tennessee Citizen Action, on the House vote to pass the American Health Care Act:


“Today’s vote is a shameful display of partisan politics at its worst. Despite unprecedented outrage from constituents, House Republicans voted to take health care away from 500,000 Tennesseans, abandon Americans with pre-existing conditions, slash Medicaid, and raise health care costs for all families to give over $600 billion in tax breaks to the very wealthy and the big insurance and drug companies.


“This bill would take us back to the days when insurance companies made all the rules. It would eliminate any requirement that insurers cover basic health benefits like prescription drugs, preventive services, and maternity care. It lets insurers charge people with pre-existing conditions whatever they want. It allows women and older people to be charged more than men and young people. Plus, it radically restructures Medicaid, over time cutting services to seniors, children and people with disabilities and shifting huge financial burdens to the state budget.


“Only Steve Cohen of Memphis and Jim Cooper of Nashville opposed this terrible bill. The remaining seven members of Tennessee’s delegation cast an indefensible vote. Support for this bill was about putting political games over people’s lives. More than 500,000 Tennesseans stand to lose coverage as a result of this vote. That’s unacceptable.



“The President and the Republicans said their proposal would cover everybody and reduce costs. Instead, it takes health care away from at least 24 million Americans, raises costs, guts consumer protections from insurance company abuses, leaves Americans with pre-existing conditions at the whim of insurance companies, and makes radical, permanent cuts to Medicaid. The Republican repeal bill doesn’t improve America’s health care – it wrecks it. Senators Alexander and Corker should reject this bill.”

For more on the fight for access to affordable health care, follow @TNCitizenAction



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