Sen. Bernie Sanders slams GOP health care proposal
Posted On June 29, 2021
Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders blasted the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act Thursday, calling it a plan to dismantle health care “in the name of the wealthy.”
Sanders was one of seven senators who introduced a bill to replace the Affordable Health Care Act, which would slash $400 billion in federal spending from Medicaid over 10 years and repeal the law’s expansion of insurance coverage for low-income Americans.
“The Republican plan would make us even poorer, because it would take away Medicaid funding for the states, and it would cut health care services for millions of Americans,” Sanders said in a statement Thursday.
“We need to make health care available to everyone.
Not the wealthy few who control Congress.”
Sanders said the legislation would also eliminate a federal Medicaid expansion, which has proven to be a boon for low income people in Vermont and other states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA.
Sanders, who has been an outspoken critic of Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, is not the only Democratic senator who has criticized the GOP plan.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the House would likely vote to advance the bill in the next few weeks.
The GOP proposal, which Sanders called “an attempt to undermine our health care system,” has sparked concerns that the party would abandon its goal of universal health care.GOP Rep. David Cicilline (R-R.I.), a key member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, also told reporters that he and other GOP lawmakers will not vote for the bill.
“There’s going to be an open discussion of it,” he said.
“I have said from day one that this bill is not what I think we should be doing,” he added.
Democrats have also questioned whether Republicans will pass a health care bill that eliminates a key component of the ACA, a provision that allows states to expand Medicaid coverage to low- and moderate-income people.
Democrats have said they oppose such a change.
Republicans are trying to sell the repeal of the Affordable Clean Power Plan as a way to address a rising number of premature deaths from COVID-19.
But the Republican bill would also cut millions of dollars from the COVID prevention fund, and many other programs.