WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today criticized President Donald Trump and Washington Republicans for moving forward with legislation to eliminate health care coverage for 59,400 Rhode Islanders over the next ten years.
“Trumpcare is a great deal for the wealthy, insurance companies, and drug companies. It’s a bad deal for everyone else. Under Trumpcare, 24 million people will lose health coverage, including almost 60,000 Rhode Islanders. This is wrong,” said Cicilline, who serves in House Leadership as a co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. “Donald Trump promised to be a champion for the middle class. But it’s now clear that Trumpcare will devastate Rhode Island’s working families. Hardworking Rhode Islanders deserve better than what they’re getting from President Trump.”
“The Republican Affordable Care Act repeal plan undermines the evolution of our nation's health care delivery to focus on value over volume, accountable care, and consideration of the patient experience,” said Langevin, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus. “Rather than work together in a bipartisan manner to strengthen the ACA, House Republicans and President Trump are gambling with America's health by jeopardizing the comprehensive health coverage that 100,000 Rhode Islanders gained under the law.”
The figures cited by Cicilline and Langevin were prepared by the non-partisan Center for American Progress as part of a district-by-district breakdown of the 24 million Americans who will lose coverage under Trumpcare. House Republicans are planning to vote on passage of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act this Thursday.
In addition to ending coverage for 24 million Americans, Trumpcare will destroy nearly two million jobs, shorten the life of Medicare by three years, cut $880 billion from Medicaid, force middle class families to pay more for less care, and give big corporations and the wealthiest Americans a $600 billion tax break. The richest 400 American families alone will receive $2.8 billion in tax breaks, marking the largest single transfer of wealth from working men and women to the wealthy in American history.
Trumpcare is opposed by several major organizations, including the AARP, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Public Health Association, the National Disability Rights Network, the National Partnership for Women and Families, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, AFT, NEA, the Cystic Fibrosis Association, Planned Parenthood, and the Children’s Defense Fund.