Washington, D.C.—Congressman Gregory W. Meeks released the following statement after voting against the Republican’s American Health Care Act, which passed without a single Democratic vote.
Here are statements that were made from the Congressman that states the reasons behind the vote.
“Yesterday, I voted against the heartless Republican bill that would rip healthcare away from millions of Americans, including the poor, the elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions. This bill would be devastating for so many and would implement what amounts to an age tax on the twenty-five millions of Americans aged 50 to 64 who have deniable health conditions. While robbing $800 billion from Medicaid and those who need it, this legislation would also discourage individuals from receiving preventive care, which we know improves health outcomes and saves us money in the long run.
“That Republicans didn’t care to wait for a score from the Congressional Budget Office sheds light on the fact that it didn’t matter to them exactly how many million Americans would suffer because of this cruel bill. It shows that Republicans prioritize giving tax breaks to billionaires while throwing millions of hard-working Americans to the wolves. This bill is wrong and I hope it will be dead on arrival in the United States Senate.”