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McCollum Floor Remarks Opposing TrumpCare

March 24, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) spoke on the House Floor this morning as the House prepares to consider TrumpCare. Video of Congresswoman McCollum’s remarks is available here. The full text of Congresswoman McCollum’s remarks is below:

Mr. Speaker, TrumpCare is a disaster for children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities.

The bill we are considering today has been strong-armed through this House, with no public hearings.

Today as we vote, we do not have an updated estimated cost from the Congressional Budget Office.

But here’s what we do know:

Under TrumpCare, families will pay more for their insurance premiums and their deductibles.

Under TrumpCare, older Americans will be forced to pay higher insurance premiums — five times higher than what others pay.

Under TrumpCare, health care for vulnerable children, seniors, and people with disabilities will be rationed.

Unbelievably, TrumpCare even attacks the solvency of Medicare. It will be weakened by giving big tax breaks to billionaires.

TrumpCare was made even worse overnight. Now insurance companies will be able to sell policies that exclude basic health care like cancer screenings, preventive care, and even some hospitalizations.

Mr. Speaker, this is not a health care bill, it is a prescription for disaster.

I urge my colleagues to strongly oppose TrumpCare.