Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Republican Healthcare Repeal

Mar 8, 2017 Issues: Health Care

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement on the Republican’s Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“While there are issues with our health care system that need fixed, this Republican attempt to repeal and insufficiently replace the Affordable Care Act is only going to make matters worse. I am willing to work together in a bipartisan fashion to make our current system better and stronger. But House Republicans have introduced dangerous legislation that shows they have no interest in expanding access and improving the health of every American. It would throw millions off their health insurance, while increasing the cost and decreasing benefits for the working class families.  To make matters worse, Republicans are jamming 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.

“Instead of rushing this bill into law, Republicans should be listening to the men and women of my district who are anxious about the future of their healthcare. Let’s be honest, there is a reason to be nervous. Ending the Medicaid expansion will cause at least 11 million Americans to lose their coverage and will hurt the 70 million Americans who rely on Medicaid for their health care. Defunding Planned Parenthood will further restrict women’s access to comprehensive health coverage. Enacting an age tax will force our seniors to pay premiums five times higher simply due to their age. All while giving the 400 wealthiest families in the country a yearly $7 million tax break.

“This dangerous, misguided bill is clearly motivated by politics and not the best interests of the American people. President Trump and Congressional Republicans promised the country legislation that would cover more Americans and lower healthcare premiums,  Instead, this bill means 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.”