Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on "New" Senate GOP Trumpcare Bill

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to the Senate GOP’s release of their “new” Trumpcare Bill.

“All it took was an amendment by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) throwing people with pre-existing conditions under the bus and a pitifully small amount of additional funding for opioid addiction, and just like that, Senate Republicans were somehow able to make their disaster of a healthcare bill even worse. They can tinker around the edges all they want, but it won’t change the fact that Trumpcare is nothing more than a massive tax cut for the wealthiest among us, financed on the backs of the elderly, people with preexisting conditions, and the poor. Any genuine attempt to improve our healthcare system should be about two things – how do we reduce costs and expand coverage? Trumpcare achieves the exact opposite results. It increases costs for most Americans and decreases the number of people insured. This is not what the American people signed up for.

I am particularly dismayed at their disingenuous inclusion of $45 billion to fight opioid addiction. This money should normally be a welcomed lifeline to communities in desperate need of Federal assistance if it weren’t for the fact that this bill guts Medicaid, the single largest provider of addiction treatment and recovery services, by $772 billion,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “This legislation remains a cruel betrayal of the American people. Any Senator with their constituents’ best interests at heart should reject this bill, and work with Democrats in a bipartisan manner to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare.”