Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence on the Passage of the Disastrous Republican Healthcare Plan
WASHINGTON, DC — “Today, House Republicans finally passed their rushed plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This plan is inconsiderate, irresponsible and ultimately immoral.
“There has been no bipartisan input, no thorough review of the bill and no CBO score to gauge the impact of this healthcare plan. On an issue as important to our economy, and vital to the wellbeing of ordinary Michiganders and Americans, this can be called nothing but an outrage.
“The ACA is not perfect, but it has provided insurance to millions of Americans, and saved thousands of lives. The bill pushed the uninsured rate to a record low rate of 8.6%, something we should celebrate. From the original scoring of this bill, we know that the Republican plan will drastically increase the uninsured rate in this country, and take away insurance from at least 24 million Americans. The Republican’s plan punishes those who have a gap in insurance coverage by imposing a 30% increase in premiums.
“The Affordable Care Act allows states, like Michigan, to expand Medicaid coverage to millions of people. Republicans have decided to stop Medicaid expansion after 2020 and limit the funds that states could receive. Under this new plan, states like Michigan will have less options to support people who rely on Medicaid as their only source of health insurance.
“For seven years, Republicans have had the chance to improve the bill and help people, but have failed and refused. They have turned their backs on seniors and those with pre-existing conditions.
“This new Republican healthcare plan is indefensible. The health and welfare of millions of Americans are at stake. Under this plan, pre-existing conditions will not be protected, and essential benefits like C-Sections and mammograms will not be guaranteed. I cannot, and will not, support a replacement plan that makes America sick again. It takes away insurance from millions of Americans rather than giving them access to comprehensive health insurance.”