Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lawson calls Senate GOP health care bill “heartless and reckless”

Last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL), joined the House Democrats in criticizing the Republican “Better Care Reconciliation Act” introduced in the U.S. Senate.

“Just like the House bill, the Senate health care bill is heartless and reckless,” Lawson said.

Similar to its counterpart passed in the House last month, this legislation would reduce the tax credits available for purchasing health coverage, phase out the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, and allow states to remove basic protections on what insurance must cover.

“This bill will not be better for America. In fact, this cruel legislation confirms that Republicans have abandoned any guise of seeking quality and affordable health care for hardworking families,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY).

Lawson also voiced concerns about the effect the bill would have on the poor and the elderly.

“I will not stand idly by while Republicans try to wreak havoc with our country’s Medicaid and Medicare that so many rely on for health care, while also gutting key protections, and instituting a crushing age tax,” Lawson said.

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