Not surprisingly, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is giving a thumbs down to the Senate’s revised health care bill.
“Unfortunately, the latest GOP Trumpcare bill is just as terrible as the previous version,” she said in a statement. “The inclusion of the Cruz Amendment would inflict even greater suffering for Americans with pre-existing conditions – on top of an already brutal bill.”
The “Cruz Amendment” proposed by Republican U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee would allow insurers to sell plans that do not meet ObamaCare regulations so long as they also sell a plan that does meet those rules.
“Trumpcare fundamentally means higher health costs, loss of health coverage for tens of millions of hard-working Americans, loss of key protections, a crushing age tax, and a loss of care for Alzheimer’s patients, people with disabilities and children – all in order to shift tax benefits to the wealthy,” said Castor. “Republicans should be working with Democrats rather than forcing families to pay higher out-of-pocket health care costs, including deductibles. Trumpcare would gut Essential Health Benefits, meaning soaring costs for Americans with pre-existing conditions and reinstating the dreaded lifetime and annual limits on care. Republicans are unwisely wedded to the Age Tax where Americans aged 50-64 will pay premiums five times higher than what others pay for health coverage, no matter how healthy they are.”
Castor says Congress should instead focus on lowering costs and doing everything possible to improve the financial security of families.