Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on Trumpcare
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) issued the following statement about her vote against today’s Trumpcare bill:
“On this National Day of Prayer, I ask Divine forgiveness for the shameful vote the House of Representatives has taken to eradicate health care coverage for so many vulnerable Americans. I strongly opposed this monstrous bill.
“The Republicans’ American Health Care Act is not an attempt to fix the ACA, nor is it an effort to offer a comparable replacement plan. The bill we voted on today is simply a response to campaign promises to repeal Obamacare, and if enacted, it will hurt all Americans in all communities at some point in their lives.
“Trumpcare will embezzle health care from 24 million hard-working Americans, with no replacement plan to expand coverage to any currently uninsured individuals.
“The bill will destroy protections for the 133 million Americans who have pre-existing conditions, making it all but impossible for these Americans fighting illness to afford the health coverage they desperately need.
“It will abolish mandatory coverage for Essential Health Benefits and preventive services such as maternity care, mental health services and routine cancer screenings, allowing greedy health insurers to once again offer less care for more money.
“It will force families to pay higher premiums and deductibles, and will increase out-of-pocket costs. And Americans aged 50-64 will face the most severe consequences of premium increases. No matter how healthy they are, they will be forced to pay premiums five times higher than what others pay for health coverage.
“It will deny individuals protection against annual and lifetime spending caps, thus threatening the future financial stability of millions of individuals and families.
“It will shorten the life of the Medicare Trust Fund and ransack Medicaid resources that seniors depend on to get the long-term care they need.
“It will prevent Planned Parenthood from being reimbursed for health care it offers through federal programs like Medicaid. That will prevent Americans from using the provider of their choice when they seek preventive care.
“And finally, the bill will eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, slashing more than one-tenth of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s budget. States stand to lose over $3 billion in funds they rely on to prevent chronic disease, halt the spread of infections, and invest in community resources that support healthier lives.
“This shameful bill will do all of these things in order to give nearly $600 billion in tax breaks to high-income earners and health insurers.
“It is unconscionable that this destructive legislation has been shoved through the House despite nearly unanimous opposition from every health professional, hospital, health clinic, disease group, and patient advocacy organization in the country.
“I commend those of my Republican colleagues who showed the courage today to vote against this ruthless attack on America’s health.
“And I pray that heaven will guide the hearts of our Senate colleagues to show their humanity and reject this callous assault on women, children, older Americans, individuals with disabilities, and hard-working families all across America.”