Statement: Senate Democrats' Hearing Overlooked AHCA Protections and That ObamaCare Hurt More Americans Than it Helped
For Immediate Release:
May 10, 2017
SENATE DEMOCRATS "TRUMPCARE" HEARING OVERLOOKED AHCA PROTECTIONS AND THAT OBAMACARE HURT MORE AMERICANS THAN IT HELPED
"Our health care laws are not a matter of us versus them, sick versus healthy, wealthy versus poor, old versus young, or Republican versus Democrat. We need policies that work for everyone"
WASHINGTON, DC - Today Senate Democrats hosted a hearing to highlight the stories of those whom they say will lose coverage under the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA) – a bill that repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare. Independent Women's Voice issued the following response:
"Our hearts break for those who have experienced sickness and suffering. We welcome their stories, and we know that lawmakers in the House of Representatives have considered how to protect those with high costs and pre-existing conditions under the repeal and replace plan. Unfortunately, today’s hearing overlooked many of these protections, and ignored the stories of all of those Americans who have been harmed by ObamaCare and the millions more who will be harmed if no changes are made to the current , dysfunctional system.
"In fact, more Americans report harm at the hands of the Affordable Care Act than help. A Gallup survey showed 29 percent of people reported harm; 18 percent help. Another more recent survey showed 30 percent harmed and 24 percent helped.
"The ACA may have created some winners, but it also created many more losers. Some of those losers have shared their stories with us on BrokenObamaCarePromises.com. These voices also need to be heard and considered in the health care debate. Cancelled plans, exorbitant premiums and out-of-pocket costs, limited access to needed doctors and medications… These are consequences of the ACA for many people.
"But our health care laws are not a matter of us versus them, sick versus healthy, wealthy versus poor, old versus young, or Republican versus Democrat. We need policies that work for everyone.
"That’s why lawmakers who passed the American Health Care Act and others in the Senate who will work to repeal and replace the ACA are considering very carefully how to maximize choices and lower costs for everyone."
Independent Women's Voice is a 501(c)(4) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization for mainstream women, men and families dedicated to promoting limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility.
Victoria Coley | VP of Communications
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