For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 20, 2017
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Renewed Attempts to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care ActWASHINGTON —
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement regarding the Affordable Care Act repeal amendment from Reps. Meadows and MacArthur.
“For weeks, tens of thousands of Americans spoke up with passion and outrage about the cruelty of robbing 24 million Americans of their health coverage. Unbelievably, the response from congressional leaders was to make their bill worse than the one they couldn’t pass a month ago.
“Repeal-and-replace 2.0 includes all of the same deeply unpopular elements of their previous bill, plus it adds provisions stripping away some of the most universally popular and important elements of the Affordable Care Act. It still will lead to skyrocketing costs for older Americans. It still defunds Medicaid in order to give tax handouts to corporations and millionaires. Now, their plan also guts protections for pre-existing conditions and allows insurers to drop vital coverage like maternity care. This plan will take us back to the days when those with health conditions won’t be able to afford coverage at all or won’t be able to get a plan that includes the very coverage they need.
“The American people have already made themselves heard loud and clear. Congress should show that they are accountable to their constituents, not party leadership or the White House, and drop their nakedly partisan attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”