Saturday, May 06, 2017

Cleaver: Republicans voted to end Affordable Care Act for pure political reasons

(From Fifth District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver)

As you might already know, I am deeply troubled by the decision Congress made yesterday to pass the American Health Care Act, also known as “Trumpcare”. Some of you may have assumed that I voted “No” to stay within party lines but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The truth is, I am troubled by the decision my colleagues made to put party before people. Republicans voted to end health care as we know it for pure political reasons.

They wanted a “win” so badly that they passed a bill without holding hearings to get expert testimony on the effects of the policy, without waiting for evaluation by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, without understanding what the consequences will be for American families. That rush of power came at a high cost. The cost of 24 million Americans who will now lose health care. To not fully examine the impacts to an industry, that is one-sixth of our economy, is the height of irresponsibility.

The majority of the people affected will be working families, seniors, children and the poor … the most vulnerable of us all. Families whose children are born with birth defects or even conditions such as diabetes, or heart disease will see premiums and deductibles so expensive, they will not be able to afford health insurance. People with pre-existing conditions, especially our seniors, will pay more for less insurance coverage. Rural America will have far less access to health care resources. Fourteen million people will lose their Medicaid.

I have heard families say “my mother, father, son, or daughter has cancer and without Obamacare, he or she would not have been able to get the life-saving treatments they needed to survive”. What will they say now, “the insurance is so expensive, we don’t know how we are going to pay for it?” Why should a family have to make that choice?

The Republicans then stood behind President Trump on the White House lawn, praising the ill-conceived and poorly-executed Trumpcare bill. These men and women supported the wealthy and the insurance companies, not Americans like you or me.

I implore my congressional colleagues to put themselves in the shoes of the millions of Americans who have just had the rug pulled out from under them. American families who are afraid that they won’t be able to afford their medications or the life-saving treatments that their loved ones need.

Yesterday was a sad day for America, but today is a new day. The fight is not over. All Americans deserve access to healthcare and I will continue to stand up for them.


Anonymous said...

Maybe you should come to the 7th Dist and explain to these folks what is going to happen to them like your colleague in NY. Long will not face his people.

Anonymous said...

Politics are the name of the game unfortunately, but Obamacare was an Obamination from the start, but Dems will defend it no matter til the end (which is now by the way). The Repubs will have to carry the water now or not.

Anonymous said...

Let's see: Obamacare was passed without a single Republican vote. Now Trumpcare was passed without a single Democrat vote.

Looks like hypocrisy is live and well in the District of Corruption.

What is going to have to be done is to contain rising costs by Executive Order making it illegal to not put up a price per procedure, allowing competition for services, and importation of medicines.

Either that or the government budget will implode within the next few years.

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Anonymous said...

Yes hypocrisy is alive and well and the party before country republicans wrote the book on it. The party of no is now crying because they were obstructionists for so long they don't know how to govern. (right from lyin' Ryan's mouth) A president that is using the Whitehouse for his business office, the "change the rules to fit our rich owners needs" republican congress and the hate and fear mongering in-breds that are spreading their BS rhetoric. Some of these same fools that cry about having to pay a "fine" for not having insurance are some of the same trailer trash that let every one else pay for their medical treatments when they run to the emergency room. Yes, the republicans do have to carry the water now. Now that they have complete control they don't know what to do with it, but argue among themselves about who they are going to serve. The top 1% or the fool you elected as your so called president. About time they did something, but maybe they can try to get it right by listening to the people instead of their rich owners.