Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a
member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today
released the following statement about the newest TrumpCare scheme, and Republicans’
withdrawal from bipartisan health care talks in the HELP Committee:
“Everything old is new again, as Republicans bring TrumpCare
back from the dead. This lousy bill would do all the damage Americans
rejected in Republicans’ previous attempts to gut our health care system.
It would throw tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders off the health insurance
they rely on. The bill would drastically cut funding for nursing home
care, defund Planned Parenthood, and restore discrimination for preexisting
conditions. It would rob billions of dollars from states like Rhode
Island that expanded Medicaid to cover millions of uninsured Americans.
In a last-ditch attempt to tear down Obamacare, Republicans are trying to jam
this through over the objections of many of their own governors and home-state
health officials, doctors, hospitals, and patient advocates.
“In the HELP Committee, we began a series of hearings this
month on bipartisan ideas that would build on the gains we have made under the
Affordable Care Act. While Democrats worked in earnest to make
compromises that would improve our health care system, it is hard to agree with
people who don’t want to agree. I hope Republicans will come back to the
table because compromise and cooperation reap the best outcomes.”