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03.09.2017 / Press Release

House Committees Voted Today to Move ACA Repeal Bill to the Full House

Energy and Commerce Bill Would Shred Medicaid Safety-Net and Jeopardize Lifeline for more than 72 Million

Washington, D.C. – The House Energy and Commerce Committee took a key step this afternoon to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The House Ways and Means Committee voted earlier this morning, so the bill is likely to go to the full House. Following is the statement of Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, about these developments:

“The House Energy and Commerce bill will decimate the safety-net Medicaid program. It not only ultimately eliminates Medicaid’s coverage expansion, but it restructures the program in a way that will significantly reduce funding to the states in the years to come.

“In the process, more than 72 million low-income children, seniors and people with disabilities will have their health care lifeline placed in jeopardy.

“At the same time, this plan drastically increases consumer out-of-pocket costs in the marketplace, seriously harming seniors and moderate-income families.

“It is outrageous that, as low-income families lose coverage through this bill, huge tax giveaways will be provided to the wealthiest people and special interest groups in America. It is exactly the wrong direction for our nation.”