Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is releasing the below statement following the House of Representatives passage of the American Health Care Act which would repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“Republicans in the House of Representatives just delivered an economic punch to the gut of middle class families in Pennsylvania. What passed today isn’t a health care bill, but a scheme to cut taxes for millionaires and big corporations, a giveaway for special interests, and forces middle class families in Pennsylvania to pay more for their health care. This will throw Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions into a high-risk pool, forcing them to pay thousands of dollars more for coverage, impose an “age tax” on older Americans, and leave individuals with disabilities out in the cold – possibly without even the security of Medicaid coverage. It is outrageous to think that anyone would support legislation that decimates Medicaid – a program designed to help our most vulnerable friends, family members and neighbors. Where is the heart in that? It is equally disturbing that the bill opens the door to turning Medicare into a voucher program. President Trump promised not to touch Medicaid or Medicare and has betrayed those promises by supporting this bill. Instead of going along with far right congressional Republicans, President Trump should have worked in a bipartisan way to make health care more affordable for middle class families. Now that this legislation is coming to the Senate, I am redoubling my effort to fight like hell on behalf of families, seniors and individuals with disabilities who will be immeasurably harmed by it.”