Nonpartisan Report – Trumpcare Slashes $1.3 Billion from Rhode Islanders’ Health Care

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Co-Chair David N. Cicilline (D-RI) highlighted a new report from the nonpartisan Center on Budget on Policy Priorities showing that the newest version of Trumpcare, which may come to a vote in the Senate next week, robs $1.3 billion from Rhode Island by 2027.

“Over and over again, the American people have rejected Trumpcare. Rhode Islanders and families across the country don’t want Republicans to take away their health care coverage. They don’t want their premiums to go up just so the wealthiest Americans can get a huge tax cut,” said Cicilline. “Republicans should be working with Democrats to strengthen the Affordable Care Act. Instead, they’re going back to the well with a new bill that will crush Rhode Islanders. I’m proud to stand firm against this bill.”

The extreme Graham-Cassidy version of Trumpcare would rip away the promise of affordable quality health care in America, creating devastating consequences for American families including:

·         Higher Costs, Less Coverage – Trumpcare forces families to pay much higher out-of-pocket health care costs, including deductibles. Trumpcare will take away some or all health care from tens of millions of hard-working Americans.

·         Key Protections Gutted – Trumpcare would gut key protections for people with pre-existing conditions, destroy essential health benefits, and reinstate the dreaded lifetime and annual limits on care.

·         A Crushing Age Tax – Trumpcare exposes older Americans to higher premiums than what others pay for health coverage, no matter how healthy they are.

·         Stealing from Medicaid – Trumpcare ransacks funds that seniors depend on to get the long-term care they need.

The full report, which is available here, reads, “Legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sponsored by Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham would significantly cut federal funding for health coverage over the next decade, and the cuts would grow dramatically in 2027, when the bill’s temporary block grant (which would replace the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and marketplace subsidies) would expire and its Medicaid per capita cap cuts would become increasingly severe.”

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