Statement on AHCA House passage

GOP Repeal Bill Strips Health Care from Millions to Finance $600 Billion Tax Giveaway to Corporations, Wealthiest

 Below is a statement from Kevin Rogers, Policy Director of Action NC, on the House vote to pass the American Health Care Act:

 “Today’s vote is a shameful display of partisan politics at its worst. Despite unprecedented outrage from constituents, House Republicans voted to take health care away from over one million North Carolinians, abandon Americans with pre-existing conditions, slash Medicaid, and raise health care costs for all families to give over $600 billion in tax breaks to the very wealthy and the big insurance and drug companies.

 “This bill would take us back to the days when insurance companies made all the rules. It would eliminate any requirement that insurers cover basic health benefits like prescription drugs, preventive services, and maternity care. It lets insurers charge people with pre-existing conditions whatever they want. It allows women and older people to be charged more than men and young people. Plus, it radically restructures Medicaid, over time cutting services to seniors, children and people with disabilities and shifting huge financial burdens to the state budget.”

 “The votes of the entire North Carolina Republican Congressional delegation is indefensible. In supporting this bill, they have all proven willing to play political games with North Carolina’s health care.

 “The President and the Republicans said their proposal would cover everybody and reduce costs. Instead, it takes health care away from at least 24 million Americans, raises costs, guts consumer protections from insurance company abuses, leaves Americans with pre-existing conditions at the whim of insurance companies, and makes radical, permanent cuts to Medicaid. The Republican repeal bill doesn’t improve America’s health care – it wrecks it.”

 “We sincerely hope that we can count on Senator Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis to rebuff this reactionary and harmful bill when this proposal is taken up in the U.S. Senate.”