Senate Democrats Respond To Trumpcare Report
CBO analysis shows 24 million would lose healthcare, including many Ohioans

Columbus—Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statements regarding the consequences of repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with “Trumpcare.”  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has determined that 24 million Americans would lose their healthcare coverage as a result of the Republican plan now being debated in Congress. 

Senator Joe Schiavoni, (D-Boardman), Senate Minority Leader:

“Trumpcare would be a disaster for Ohio and the nation. Millions would lose their health insurance and many others, especially older Americans, would face higher premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. We can’t go back to the bad old days before the Affordable Care Act when too many Ohio families were just one illness away from bankruptcy.  Everyone deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare.”

Senator Charleta B. Tavares, (D-Columbus), Assistant Minority Leader:

“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensured that care was available to all, provided preventative services and screenings, and required all of us to pay based on our earnings to fairly compensate for our care. The American Health Care Act reduces services and care for millions of Americans, does not provide preventative and cost-effective health screenings, and does not ensure that all of us are fairly paying towards our health care. This new bill reduces the number of Americans who will receive care and provides no protection for life-saving screenings, fair premiums, and Medicaid Expansion that has helped millions of Americans receive vital health care services.  The essence of the president and the GOP's bill is: Trump Dumps Care.”

Senator Edna Brown, (D-Toledo), Minority Whip:

“As non-partisan analysis shows, Trumpcare fails on all sides.  It will inevitably cost more while insuring 24 million fewer Americans. In the next six years alone, Ohio would have to spend $25 billion.” 

Senator Cecil Thomas, (D-Cincinnati), Assistant Minority Whip:

“I am disappointed—but not surprised—by the report of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the impact of Trumpcare.  I am not surprised because any person in the ‘real world’ has either benefitted from Obamacare or they know someone who has.  Perhaps those in “Wall Street World” may not understand how many Americans need affordable healthcare.” 

Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood):

“The report from the CBO confirms our worst fears – repealing the Affordable Care Act would be devastating to Ohio’s families, particularly low-income workers and seniors. We need to be strengthening healthcare for Ohioans, not saddling them with higher costs for less coverage or kicking them off their current insurance plans.  I believe that it is imperative we work together in our state to provide quality healthcare for every Ohioan.”

Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights):

“I represent some very poor communities and some very wealthy communities, and I’m getting concerned calls from all of them, with good reason. Diseases don’t care how much money you make or what kind of insurance you have. Everyone needs affordable comprehensive health care, and Trumpcare threatens that.”  

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