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Rep. Thompson Statement on Latest Effort to Repeal Affordable Care Act

Sep 19, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) released the following statement on ' Graham-Cassidy,' the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

“This latest attempt to repeal the ACA would be even more disastrous for the American people than the bills we've considered previously,” said Rep. Thompson. “It would eviscerate protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, eliminate tax credits that many rely on to afford their health insurance, and be particularly devastating for the people of California.”

“By repealing protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, Republicans would force massive premium hikes for those individuals, essentially stripping them of their health insurance, and leaving them with no treatment options. This is unacceptable.

“This bill would also eliminate the tax credits that so many Americans count on to be able to afford their insurance. In California alone, these credits help 90 percent of Covered California enrollees afford their monthly premiums.

"It would gut the Medicaid program that supports seniors, disabled Americans, children, and low-income individuals access healthcare. California would be one of the hardest hit by these cuts, costing California $57 billion over the next ten years.

“I urge Senate Republicans drop this bill, return to regular order, and start working with Democrats to make the commonsense fixes we all know our health care system needs. Throwing our system into chaos is not the answer and is incredibly irresponsible.”