Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Congressional Republicans’ Trumpcare Plan

“This plan falls far short of the false promises that President Trump and Republicans in Congress have made to ‘improve’ our health insurance system.  Instead this bill will only unravel the progress we have made, while kicking millions off their health insurance plans.  This proposal would eliminate affordable health care access for millions of patients and their families, and it would also derail key Medicaid provisions that currently offer coverage to seniors, children, and individuals with disabilities.  It would return health care decisions to big insurance companies, and it would penalize patients who cannot afford coverage by charging them more when they can finally access care.

“The Trumpcare plan would return us to a time when discrimination in the health insurance market is commonplace, and it extends attacks on women by removing federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  I will continue to fight to make sure that Vermonters and all Americans have real access to real health insurance, and I will oppose this rickety, hodge-podge scheme if it comes before the Senate.”   

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