Alert: House GOP Will Try To Force Through Health Care Bill on Thursday

Mar 17, 2017 Issues: Health Care

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) sent the following alert on House Republicans' disastrous health care bill to Fourth District constituents in her March 17, 2017 enewsletter:

House Republicans’ health care bill is a disaster for Minnesotans and Americans. At least 24 million more Americans will be left uninsured by 2026, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. Out-of-pocket costs and deductibles will increase. Astoundingly, the bill does all this in order to give billionaires a massive tax cut.

The impact on Minnesota will be especially severe. If this Republican bill becomes law, coverage for 1.2 million Minnesota children, seniors, and people with disabilities who get health care through Medicaid and MinnesotaCare is at risk. These cuts grow over time, ultimately costing our state tens of billions of dollars and jeopardizing care for the most vulnerable Minnesotans.

President Trump and Congressional Republicans have responded to these horrific projections without batting an eye. Shamefully, they simply do not care about the Americans who will be abandoned, broken, and bankrupt because of their bill. They are more concerned about ensuring that health insurance and pharmaceutical executives reap huge profits than they are about insuring Minnesotans and Americans.

In fact, House Republicans are charging full steam ahead in trying to force this bad bill on the American people. After jamming it through the House Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Budget Committees in the past two weeks, they are planning to bring it to the House Floor on Thursday.

This bill is a prescription for disaster for our children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities. I am committed to working together with my House Democratic colleagues and the rising voices of citizens and advocates across America to oppose this Republican bill and the nightmare it will cause.