Congressman DeSaulnier’s Statement on Senate Republican Health Care Bill
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) issued the following statement after Senate Republican Leadership released their health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week.
“As one Member of Congress who would like to engage in an open, bipartisan, and constructive health care debate, the Senate bill is a disappointment and echoes the already damaging bill that passed the House of Representatives last month.
Under the Republican bill, Americans would pay more money for less coverage, and millions of people – especially among the 69 million currently covered by Medicaid – could be left without health insurance. Cutting Medicaid is an assault on 6 million seniors, will keep 33 million parents up at night worrying about how to care for their children, abandons 10 million Americans living with disabilities, and impacts 1.75 million veterans. The Republican plan also targets people 50 to 64 by forcing them to pay up to five times more than what others pay for health coverage, regardless of how healthy they are. Equally disturbing is that anyone with pre-existing conditions is no longer guaranteed coverage as states are empowered to allow insurance companies to determine which treatments will be covered.
After weeks of closed-door meetings with the pharmaceutical and health products industry, which spent $78 million in lobbying efforts during the first quarter of this year, and employs ‘1,100 lobbyists or more than two for each Member of Congress’ according to the Center for Responsible Politics, it is no surprise that the Republican health care plan is a giant tax break for the wealthiest and sacrifices the health of our country to increase corporate profits.
We should be strengthening our current health care system by working toward what every industrialized country in the world already provides its citizens – comprehensive health insurance coverage for all .”