Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following
statement on the vote in the Senate today to advance to legislation that would
repeal the Affordable Care Act:
“Right now, many Rhode Islanders receive quality, affordable
health care under the Affordable Care Act. I’ve heard from Rhode
Islanders who feel secure that they don’t have to worry about lifetime or
annual caps, or being denied coverage for a pre-existing condition. I’ve
talked to people who had the freedom to start their own business, knowing it
won’t mean going without health insurance; they know their loved ones can
see the right doctors and get the right tests to catch and treat illness
early. And I’ve heard from Rhode Islanders whose health – even lives –
were saved by those diagnoses.
“But, like Americans all over this country, they are
watching this shameful, secretive process unfold and are terrified of what will
happen if this bill succeeds.
“Over and over again, Democrats offered to work with
Republicans on bipartisan solutions to the challenges facing our health care
system. We still stand ready to hold hearings, hammer out amendments, and
build on the gains we’ve made under the Affordable Care Act.
“In the days ahead, I hope my Republicans colleagues
remember the real people who are benefiting from the care they receive through
the Affordable Care Act. I hope they join us to improve our health care