American Health Care Act is not a care act at all
Today, over my strong objection and the opposition of every single House Democrat, 217 of my Republican colleagues voted to pass the American Health Care Act, a bill that would devastate our healthcare system and cause enormous harm to American families. This merciless bill, ironically called a health care bill, would be disastrous for this country’s health and especially harmful to New York.
While Republicans refused to allow the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to analyze their bill’s full impact, here’s what we do know:
- At least 24 million Americans, including 2.7 million New Yorkers, will lose health insurance;
- Women will lose essential health benefits such as coverage for maternity care and preventive cancer screenings guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act;
- Planned Parenthood will be defunded;
- Americans aged 50-64 will pay an age tax that will drive up their premiums five times higher than what others pay for health coverage, no matter how healthy they are;
- Protections for people with pre-existing conditions are gutted;
- The Medicare Trust Fund will be raided and funds that seniors depend on will be cut and;
- New York will lose nearly $7 billion in federal funding, which will mean hospitals will have to close their doors and cut services, while our most vulnerable lose health care.
What is clear is that the American Health Care Act is not a “care” act at all. This bill rips away health care from millions of Americans and will cause sure and certain harm to millions more, leaving many with nowhere to go for care.
I will continue to do all that I can to protect your healthcare and I hope this bill goes nowhere in the Senate.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress