Cicilline Statement on Trumpcare

Friday, March 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Co-Chair David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement today:

“Republicans just wasted several weeks trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with Trumpcare. Trumpcare was a good deal for the wealthy, a good deal for insurance companies, and a good deal for drug companies. But it was a terrible deal for working men and women across our country.”

“After seven years, it’s time for Donald Trump and House Republicans to give up on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare has brought the uninsured rate in Rhode Island and across the country to its lowest level on record. Premiums are growing at the slowest rate in 50 years. 597,000 Rhode Islanders are now covered on employer-sponsored plans. 374,000 Rhode Islanders no longer have lifetime limits on their coverage. 465,538 Rhode Islanders can no longer denied coverage for a pre-existing condition. 8,000 young Rhode Islanders can stay on their parents’ plan until they’re 26.”

“The Affordable Care Act is a good law, and Republicans and Democrats should be working together to make it even better. If Republicans ever decide to come to the table, we should work together to increase competition, expand coverage, and bring down premiums. That’s a decision that Republicans have to make – whether to work with Democrats or continue down the path they’re on.”

“I’m thrilled that Donald Trump and the Republicans finally gave in to the will of the American people today. Just a few months ago, Republicans attempted to dismantle the Office of Congressional Ethics and were forced to back down once their efforts became public. Let’s hope they come to their senses and stop trying to ram their right-wing agenda through Congress, and instead work to advance the interests of all Americans.”

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