MDP Statement on Release of Senate GOP’s “Heartless” Health Care Bill

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
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MDP Statement on Release of Senate GOP’s “Heartless” Health Care Bill

LANSING — The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding the Senate Republican health care bill, which was finally made public today after being drafted in secret, without hearings or input from the American people:

“No one thought Mitch McConnell and his GOP Senate could outdo the health care disaster passed by Paul Ryan and House Republicans, but what they wrote in secret, and finally made public today, is meaner, cuts deeper, and will hurt even more Americans,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

“Now that we finally know what’s in the bill and how much it will harm the men, women, and children of our state, the only questions that remain are for Michigan Republicans and where they stand. What does Bill Schuette have to say to the 55-year-old small business owner who will be forced to pay five times more just to get basic health care coverage? Where does Brian Calley stand on the dangerous and massive cuts to Medicaid that will hurt pregnant mothers and their children? Does Lena Epstein support the gutting of essential health benefits and protections for people with pre-existing conditions, like diabetes and cancer? How can Robert Young justify giving yet another tax cut to Dick and Betsy DeVos, while a single mother, working two jobs, is getting crushed under the weight of skyrocketing premiums and out-of-pocket expenses? Bottom line, the only right answer to this heartless bill is that it’s flat out wrong, and support for it, or silence in the face of the damage it will do, is a cruel betrayal of the people of Michigan, plain and simple.”

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