BREAKING – GOP Becomes Death Squad

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Contact: Lauren Littlefield | 801-809-0929 | lauren@utdem.org

 

GOP Becomes Death Squad

TrumpCare would raise premiums on seniors and sick Americans to pay for

$600 billion in tax cuts for the rich

                    

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Salt Lake City – Today the Republican Party did exactly what they’ve accused Democrats of doing with Obamacare in 2010 – they rammed a flawed healthcare bill through without proper vetting, collaboration, or the support of the American People.  All 4 Utah Representatives voted in favor of this travesty of a plan.  Utah Democratic Party Chairman, Peter Corroon stated the following:

“Today, the GOP-led Congress with the help of our Utah Republican delegation became a Death Squad for thousands of Utahns and millions of Americans.  In their quest to give Insurance Company CEO’s more money in their pockets, the Republicans are providing a death sentence to many Americans who will no longer be able to afford health insurance or medical care. The Republican Party has become immoral and un-American as they seek to cut healthcare for the poor, allow insurance companies to deny coverage or raise premiums for people with pre-existing conditions and allow caps on how much health care coverage people can receive.”

“Under the GOP plan which they rushed through Congress, 14 million more Americans will be uninsured next year, and 24 million by 2026.  Even the American Medical Association, AARP and other consumer and medical groups are opposed.”

“We are returning to a health-care system that we had all thought was behind us.  This bill will create significant burdens on state health care systems as many Utahns will be forced into emergency rooms for health care.”

The first version of TrumpCare – an awful bill that took health care away from 24 million and raised premiums for older Americans to pay for $600 billion in tax cuts for the rich – had just 17 percent approval from the public.

When Republicans couldn’t get enough votes from the most extreme right-wing of their party to pass this bill, they made it worse. Behind closed doors, Republicans amended the bill to:

  • Allow insurance companies to charge Americans with pre-existing conditions more in out of pocket costs, for example:

o   $4,340 / year for asthma

o   $5,600 / year for diabetes

o   $20,450 / year for drug treatment

o   $17,320 / year for pregnancy

o   $142,650 / year for cancer

  • Let insurance companies limit payments for catastrophic illnesses, meaning Americans who have employer-based health plans would pay more out of pocket if they got sick.
  • Gut $880 billion from Medicaid, hurting older Americans, people with special needs, and working families.

If there’s any doubt to how bad this bill is, consider that Republicans in Congress exempted themselves, and then scheduled a vote on the final bill with no committee hearings, no markups, no amendments, no idea how much it will cost, and allotted only a couple of hours of debate on the House floor.

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