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LWV Statement: Shameful Effort by Congress to Sneak Health Care Repeal in Tax Bill
11/15/2017 | by Sarah Courtney

Washington, D.C. – League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act as part of a tax overhaul bill:

“After repeatedly failing to move forward with a misguided attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Congress is once again attempting to undermine a law that provides quality, affordable health care to millions of Americans.

“Under the guise of cutting taxes for everyday Americans, this newest attack on the ACA would cut health care coverage for 13 million people and increase premiums by double digits. It would also trigger $25 billion in cuts to Medicare and raise costs for middle class families and seniors with high medical expenses.

“It’s time for Congress to start listening to the American people, who have rejected attempts to roll back provisions of the ACA multiple times this year. We need to fix the Affordable Care Act so that it works for the millions of Americans who need quality affordable care, not cut coverage and raise costs for those that really need it.

“It’s time to stop playing political games with people’s lives.”

 

Local news:

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