Neal Statement on House Passage of Trumpcare

May 4, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) today released the following statement after the House passed the Trumpcare bill:

“Despite the absence of analysis from the Congressional Budget Office and without a single public hearing on this bill, Republicans followed through on seven years of threats to destroy the health care of millions of Americans by forcing them to pay more for worse coverage. Instead of working with Democrats to improve health care in this country, Republicans voted to remove key protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, take away health insurance from 24 million, shorten the life of Medicare, and impose an age tax on seniors – all to pay for a giant tax cut for the wealthy. This bill breaks nearly every promise that President Trump made to the American people on health care. And perhaps even worse, Republicans knowingly ignored the dire warnings of respected groups representing hospitals, patients, seniors, and virtually the entire medical community and wrote this bill behind closed doors, cobbling together a bill just to get the votes to pass it and score political points – rather than with the goal of improving health care in this country. Every step of the way, Democrats have been willing to work with Republicans to strengthen our health care system, but Republicans chose to gamble on the health and well-being of millions of middle-class Americans.”