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Upon the introduction of the revised Senate healthcare bill, Page Gardner, president of the Voter Participation Center, issued the following statement:
“What was bad has just become even more devastating for every child and adult in America – except for the one percent. The intent of this bill is to end Medicaid as we know it and will result in millions of unmarried women, working families, the elderly, children and low-income Americans losing the crucial care they need.
How bad is it? It imposes a tax on the elderly. It guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It still will not provide essential coverage for pregnancy, maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs, pediatric services, emergency services, hospitalization, mental health and more. And it found a new way to cut taxes for the rich via health savings accounts, while raising deductibles on the people who can least afford it – unmarried women, the poor, and the elderly.
The Obamacare expansion of Medicaid brought coverage to 20 million more people and it’s unfathomable that the Senate would want to end the numerous benefits it provided. We urge Senators to scrap this bill and work with all members of Congress to find solutions that address real problems in our healthcare system – like rising premiums – to ensure that women, children and everyone in America gets the care they deserve.”