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RELEASE - Reichert Breaks Promise To Constituents, Votes To Cut Health Care Coverage For Millions

Reichert Breaks Promise To Constituents, Votes To Cut Health Care Coverage For Millions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

At 4:30 AM Eastern Time this morning, the House Ways & Means Committee voted on a party line to advance legislation to repeal large portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congressman Dave Reichert of the 8thCongressional District was among those who voted to pass the legislation out of committee.

Reichert had previously vowed that “no one will lose coverage” under the Republican health care proposal,though nearly every independent analysis of the plan shows that millions of Americans would lose coverage under the billMore than 82,000 people in Reichert’s Congressional District have health care coverage as a result of the ACA.

Democrats debated health care for over a year and came up with a bill that covered 20 million Americans, preserved Medicare, and saved taxpayers money. By contrast, Republicans are pushing their proposal through without public hearings or independent analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.

The bill contains an estimated $600 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy, including a special tax cut for insurance company executives being paid more than $500,000 per year

“Republicans are trying to ram through a colossal tax cut for the wealthy at the expense of seniors and the sick,” said Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski. “TrumpCare is the wrong prescription for Washingtonians, hundreds of thousands of whom will lose health care if the bill passes. Seniors, doctors, hospitals, patients, nurses, and advocates are all standing up to say no to this attack on our health care. The only people who seem to be in favor are insurance special interests and DC Republicans, and it’s clear they aren’t looking out for the interests of the people of Washington. 

"Reichert claims this scheme offers people more freedom and more choices, but the only choice Washington seniors are getting is higher premiums, more costs, and less health care coverage, and the only new freedom will be the freedom for insurance companies to charge higher prices and deny coverage. Congressman Reichert is deeply failing his constituents.”

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Nonpartisan Health Groups who oppose TrumpCare: 

  • AARP: “increasing insurance premiums for older Americans and not doing anything to lower drug costs…this harmful legislation would make health care less secure and less affordable”
  • American Medical Association: “critically flawed… an adverse impact on patients and the health of the nation."
  • American Psychiatric Association: “deeply concerned that the proposed ACA replacement released last night will negatively impact care for people with mental illness and substance use disorders.”
  • Federation of American Hospitals: “we have significant issues with this legislation”
  • America’s Essential Hospitals: “deep funding cuts for essential hospitals… Our hospitals could not sustain such reductions without scaling back services or eliminating jobs
  • American College Of Physicians: “a tremendously negative impact on access, quality, and cost of care compared to current law”
  • American Cancer Society: “House Health Bill Would Lead to Less Coverage, Higher Patient Costs
  • American Hospital Association: “we cannot support The American Health Care Act in its current form”
  • American Academy of Family Physicians: “the proposal falls short on preserving coverage, affordability, and comprehensive coverage