March 06,2017

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Wyden Statement on House GOP Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued a statement after House Republicans unveiled their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“This bill sends a loud and clear message: tax cuts for special interests and the wealthy matter more than your health care.  The American people will pay more and get less or no coverage at all – it ends Medicaid as we know it, it decimates state and family budgets while putting America’s most vulnerable at risk, it puts the government between women and their doctors, and it steals money from Medicare to give a massive tax break to the wealthy,” Wyden said.

“Congressional Republicans are leading a desperate forced march to pass a dangerous bill written in secret which few members of Congress have seen, let alone read.  This unprecedented process is being used to jam the bill through Congress – without any numbers on cost or consequences from the Congressional Budget Office – before the American people can learn what they’re about to lose.  I will fight this effort every step of the way.  America cannot afford to go back to the days when health care was reserved for the healthy and the wealthy.”