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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the American Health Care Act

WASHINGTON — 

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement regarding the upcoming committee markup of the American Health Care Act:

“The replacement plan put forward by congressional leadership is no replacement at all for the tens of millions of Americans who rely on the Affordable Care Act to keep their families healthy without fear of bankruptcy. It is simply a tax cut for corporations and the wealthy, funded by gutting Medicaid and shifting health care costs onto states and working families.

“This so-called replacement plan strips women of access to vital preventive care services by defunding Planned Parenthood. It endangers Medicare solvency and allows insurance rates for older Americans to skyrocket. Millions of working people, children and people with disabilities will be put at risk. In fact, some of the only interests who stand to gain from this plan are the health insurance and pharmaceutical corporations that will receive massive tax breaks, paid for by increasing out-of-pocket costs for patients.

“Though this bill has been kept secret, and congressional leadership has failed to provide lawmakers and the public with a CBO score for their legislation, we already know that it will leave millions without coverage. But the questions remain – how many will lose their coverage, and at what cost to jobs, local economies and state budgets? No vote should occur on this legislation until those questions are sufficiently answered.”

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