Congressional Budget Office: 23 Million to Lose Health Care, Increased Premiums from Republican Health Care Repeal

“The health and financial security of hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans is on the line.” 

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 24, 2017 –Protect Our Care Campaign Director Leslie Dach released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) report today on the health care repeal bill and its impacts on Tennesseans:

“The Congressional Budget Office confirmed yet again any health care repeal cuts coverage for millions, increases health costs for everyday people, and eliminates protections millions rely on – all to give massive tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and insurance and drug companies.

“People across the country have rejected Republican repeal and pleaded with the Republican party to stop their partisan rush. Yet, the Senate is heading down the same repeal path the House did, working secretly behind closed doors, refusing to hold hearings  and using the House repeal as a starting point. The real test for the Senate is not whether a bill is better than the disastrous House bill, but whether it increases coverage, lowers costs and keeps the protections in the current law. It’s time for the Senate to abandon partisan repeal of the ACA and instead work across the aisle to keep what works and fix what doesn’t — not tear our health care apart. The lives and financial security of millions of Americans are on the line.”

The bill would have severe impacts for Tennesseans:

Tell Senator Alexander and Senator Corker to reject the Republican Health Care Repeal effort and instead work with Democrats to strengthen and improve the healthcare system we have now – don’t rip it apart.

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