Green: GOP Bill Will Hurt Working Families
WASHINGTON — Congressman Gene Green, member of the Energy & Commerce Committee and Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee, delivered the following opening remarks at the full Committee markup of the Republicans’ proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
“Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
This bill has had no public hearings, no Congressional Budget Office cost estimates.
It will have less healthcare coverage, more uninsured, fewer protections, and higher costs: that’s what this bill will mean for millions of Americans.
It will lead to millions losing healthcare; people paying more for less and rationing care.
This plan makes a meaningful health care standard worse for millions of Americans.
Under this plan, many Americans will be pushed into bad coverage that they can’t afford to use and millions more will become uninsured all together.
It in no way lives up to the rhetoric of President Trump that the Republican plan will mean “coverage for everyone” at much lower costs.
Conservative leader Avik Roy went so far as to say “Expanding subsidies for high earners, and cutting health coverage off from the working poor: it sounds like a left-wing caricature of a mustache-twirling, top-hatted Republican fat cat.”
I agree with him.
The repeal bill would not protect patients, will not save money, and will not help working families.
Instead, it is a drastic and devastating step backward and the only people who stand to benefit are the healthy and the wealthy.
And I yield back my time.”
You can watch the opening remarks here: http://bit.ly/2n6B3DV