Contact: Evan Lukaske, (202) 485-3456
DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján released the following statement on the passage of the House Republicans’ repeal and ripoff health care bill:
“Glenn Grothman just voted to increase your health insurance premiums anddeductibles, toss 24 million Americans off of their insurance, and to slap you with an age tax if you’re age 50 to 64 – and they robbed Medicare while doing it. If that’s not bad enough, Grothman also voted to let health insurance companies charge you more if you have a preexisting condition. That means if you, your kids, or your parents aresick with cancer, diabetes or any other illness, insurance will not be affordable.
“Make no mistake about it: Glenn Grothman must face the music, look his constituents in the eye, and answer for the mess he created. There is no question that this bill will cause incredible pain for hardworking Americans, particularly those fighting to make ends meet, and this vote will haunt Grothman through Election Day.”
With this vote, Grothman also broke a promise to voters. Grothman said in March that in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, Republicans “must be sure to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions.”
Grothman’s “yes” vote for this disastrous health care bill will end guaranteed protections for people with pre-existing conditions, like asthma, diabetes, cancer and even pregnancy. Beyond that, this bill will strip away health insurance from 24 million Americans, cause out-of-pocket costs like premiums and deductibles to skyrocket, and impose an unfair age tax on older Americans. There’s a reason that only 17% of Americans support this heartless and costly legislation.