Rep. Maloney on House Passage of the American Health Care Act
Washington, DC – Following House passage of the Republicans’ American Health Care Act, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement.
“The Republicans’ merciless bill, ironically called a health care bill, will be disastrous for this country’s health and especially harmful to New York. While we don’t know the full extent of the damage it will cause because Republicans refused to have it analyzed by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, we know that this bill will rip away health coverage from at least 24 million Americans, including 2.7 million New Yorkers, impose a crushing age tax on people between the ages of 50 and 64, and gut protections for pre-existing conditions. We know that Planned Parenthood will be defunded and that women will lose coverage for maternity care and preventive cancer screenings. We also know this bill is especially cruel to New York. Our state will lose $7 billion in federal funding, which will force hospitals to close their doors or cut services as our most vulnerable lose their health care.
“The American Health Care Act is not a ‘care’ act at all. It will cause severe and certain harm to millions of Americans and I hope this bill goes nowhere in the Senate.”