Congressman Tim Ryan Joins Reps. Kaptur, Fudge and Beatty in opposition to GOP health care proposal

Mar 9, 2017 Issues: Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Tim Ryan (OH-13), Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), and Joyce Beatty (OH-03) together voiced opposition to the current Republican health care proposal. This statement comes as Republican-led committees in the House began moving their health care proposals without proper transparency or in a process that respects the voices and input of the American people. The American Nurses Association, American Medical Association, AARP and many other hospital and health care associations oppose the bill.

“Republicans jammed this bill through multiple committees in just two days, giving the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office no time to report on this bill’s devastating effects on coverage and cost and refusing our citizens a chance to have their voices heard. This dangerous, misguided bill will mean less coverage, fewer protections, and higher costs. This is not what the American people want and this is not the direction we should be taking our country,” said Congressman Ryan.

“In the dead of night, knowing most Americans were sound asleep and couldn't listen, the Republicans began pushing this harmful and reckless health insurance‎ bill through House Committees,” said Congresswoman Kaptur. “This proposal rewards the rich and health care executives while denying care to hardworking Americans. The Republican plan does nothing to control the cost of medicine and imposes far higher premium rates on people who live paycheck to paycheck. We must build on the progress of the Affordable Care Act, and not turn back to a time many Americans went without care.” 

"The Republican plan is another example of broken promises from their party. As they race to pass a bill without Congressional Budget Office review, their plan offers less coverage, fewer protections, and higher costs. It hurts the elderly, the sick, and the poor, and rewards the young and the wealthy. Every American deserves quality, affordable health care, but what the Republicans have put forth drastically limits access. Their plan is an insult to the people of this country. It will endanger the health of generations to come,” said Congresswoman Fudge.

"Republicans have had seven years to develop their own comprehensive healthcare plan. Yet, they have failed to deliver a workable plan—even conceding that their new bill is a 'work in progress.' That being said, it is painfully obvious that 'Republicancare' is going to be a prescription for disaster for our seniors, women, people with disabilities, the sick and countless working families,” said Congresswoman Beatty.

Additionally, Democratic Whip, Rep. Steny Hoyer has invited Americans to visit https://resistrepeal.org/ to make their voices heard in light of the Republican-led efforts to rush this bill through Committee markup.

Facts about the Affordable Care Act in Ohio:

  • According to the House Energy and House Oversight Committees, 866,000 individuals in Ohio have gained coverage since the ACA was implemented and could lose their coverage if the ACA is entirely or partially repealed.
  • 212,046 individuals purchased high-quality Marketplace coverage now stand to lose their coverage if the Republican Congress dismantles the exchanges.
  • 174,448 individuals received financial assistance to purchase Marketplace coverage in 2016, averaging $250 per individual, and are at risk of having coverage become unaffordable if the Republican Congress eliminates the premium tax credits.
  • 665,900 individuals enrolled in Medicaid under the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and could now stand to lose coverage if the Republican Congress eliminates the Medicaid expansion.
  • 119,000 kids have gained coverage since the ACA was implemented. 
  • 81,000 young adults were able to stay on a parent’s health insurance plan thanks to the ACA. They now stand to lose coverage if the Republican Congress eliminates the requirement that insurers allow children to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26.