Chairman Crowley Statement on Senate Republican’ Health Care Repeal Bill

June 22, 2017

(Washington, DC) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) released the following statement after Senate Republicans finally released to the public their version of TrumpCare, the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act:

“The Senate Republicans’ health care repeal bill is cut from the same cloth as the disastrous House-passed TrumpCare. It slashes coverage and raises costs for millions of Americans. These proposals are simply unacceptable to Democrats fighting for hardworking men and women and their families. From weakening tax credits that help people afford coverage, to gutting the Medicaid program that supports nursing home care and services for children with disabilities – all the while giving tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans – the Senate has taken a path that is just as mean as the House, if not more.

“This bill will not be better for America. In fact, this cruel legislation confirms that Republicans have abandoned any guise of seeking quality and affordable health care for hardworking families.”

Similar to its counterpart passed in the House last month, this legislation would reduce the tax credits available for purchasing health coverage, phase out the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, and allow states to remove basic protections on what insurance must cover. The bill also includes the Collins-Faso “Empire State Kickback” that would cost New York State $2.3 billion.