Boyle Statement on TrumpCare Vote
WASHINGTON, DC–Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) released the following statement after voting against the American Health Care Act, or “Trumpcare,” today when it passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 217-213:
“Today’s vote by House Republicans will go down as a truly shameful moment in the history of our country. Today, House Republicans allowed insurers to turn higher profits on the sick and the poor. This iteration of Trumpcare now allows insurers to charge sky high premiums to older American and Americans with pre-existing conditions, while gutting Medicaid, weakening Medicare, and stripping health care from 24 million Americans.
“This reincarnated version of Trumpcare was even worse than the bill House Republicans walked back on March 24. To appease their most extreme wing, they made coverage for pre-existing conditions optional for states while at the same time making repeated promises to the contrary to the American people. If enacted, this bill will drive up costs, eviscerate the essential health benefits and protections for pre-existing conditions protected by the Affordable Care Act for millions of Americans and eviscerate Medicaid, which covers our most vulnerable – all the while taxing older Americans and providing massive tax breaks to the super rich.
“A majority of this country does not support the health care plan House Republicans passed today. This is why the bill is DOA in the Senate. Instead of hanging sick, old and poor Americans out to dry, as this bill would do, we should instead work together toward meaningful legislation that improves and builds upon the progress achieved under the Affordable Care Act. It is time for Republican leaders in Congress and President Trump to get serious about improving the lives of American families rather than dividing the country to serve their political interests.”