National Consumers League

NCL statement on the Senate Republican release of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

June 23, 2017

Contact: National Consumers League, Cindy Hoang, cindyh@nclnet.org, (202) 207-2832

Washington, DC--The following statement is attributable to Sally Greenberg, NCL executive director:

After weeks of unprecedented closed-door meetings and deal making, Senate Republicans released their version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This cruel legislation shows a brazen disregard for the well-being of Americans, and prioritizes special interests and tax breaks for the rich over affordable healthcare for all. Provisions of this bill include the elimination of essential health benefits, the establishment of ineffective high risk pools to cover America's most vulnerable populations, and catastrophic cuts to Medicaid that surpass those included in the House bill. The bill directly contradicts President Trump’s guarantee to leave Medicaid intact, and represents a broken promise to the American people to improve upon the House's legislation and ensure affordable coverage for every American. 

The National Consumers League urges patients and consumers to engage their Senators and ask them to vote "no" on this bill that will take healthcare away from millions of Americans. We will continue to work with our colleagues in the health and advocacy arenas to vehemently oppose this unscrupulous bill.

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