– 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.”
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
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
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