STATEMENT: Senate Leader Slams House Republicans’ Disgraceful “Healthcare” Vote

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SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D – Los Angeles) issued the following statement on Thursday May 4th, in response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote to approve the American Health Care Act and repeal the Affordable Care Act:

It’s been hard to keep track of all the broken promises during the first one hundred days of this Administration. But this one stands out as the most insidious of the lot. The President promised to improve healthcare for all Americans. He promised that every single American would have better, more affordable coverage than they had before. But now that he’s president he’s more concerned about repairing his bruised ego, no matter the cost in human lives or quality of life.

This proposal is just a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans masquerading around as a healthcare bill. It will completely undermine the vital protections that so many Americans – Democrat, Republican, and Independent alike – rely on. The so-called American Healthcare Act would rip insurance away from millions; make insurance more expensive; hurt people with pre-existing conditions; and hurt women specifically by defunding Planned Parenthood.

There’s no way around these facts; President Trump and Republicans in Congress know it. That’s why they refused to wait for the facts to get out before their disgraceful vote today. Trump promised something better. He lied.”