BOSTON (AP) — Governor Charlie Baker is criticizing fellow Republicans in the U.S. House for approving a health care bill he says “would significantly reduce critical funds for the commonwealth’s health care system.”
With Thursday’s vote, House Republicans moved closer to dismantling former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul.
Baker said he’ll continue to urge Congress to reject the bill in its current form as it moves to the Senate. He said maintaining flexibility through the Medicaid program is critical to the state’s ability to provide coverage for the needy.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she’ll “fight my heart out to stop this monstrosity.”
Baker had said an earlier version of the bill which failed would have cost Massachusetts at least $1.5 billion in annual federal payments within five years.
Governor Baker released the following statement on the passage of the American Health Care Act:
Massachusetts leads the nation in health care coverage and I am disappointed by today’s vote as this bill would significantly reduce critical funds for the Commonwealth’s health care system. As the U.S. Senate takes up this bill, we will continue to advocate for the Commonwealth’s priorities so that all residents have access to the health coverage they need. Maintaining flexibility through the Medicaid program is critical to the Commonwealth’s ability to provide coverage for the needy and I urge Congress to reject this bill in its current form.
Congressman Richard Neal released the following statement after the House passed the American Health Care Act:
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.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren released the following statement after the American Health Care Act was passed:
Trumpcare isn’t a health care bill. A bill that destroys health care for millions to shovel cash to the rich isn’t a health care bill. This is the same cruel bill that House Republicans tried to pass weeks ago. It still strips coverage from millions. Still guts Medicaid. Still strips funds away from states like Massachusetts that are battling the opioid crisis. The only thing that’s changed about Trumpcare in recent weeks is that they made the original plan even more brutal. This isn’t football. It’s not about scoring points. Trumpcare will devastate Americans’ healthcare. Families will go bankrupt. People will die. Disease, sickness, and old age touch every family. Tragedy doesn’t ask who you voted for. Health care is a basic human right. We’ll fight as long and hard as we can to make that a reality for everyone in America.
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