health care showdown
After House Republicans announced Wednesday evening that a vote will be held Thursday to partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with their American Health Care Act, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) shot back, accusing the Republicans of "forcing a vote" on a bill that is "costly" and "cruel."
"From the beginning, TrumpCare has meant higher health costs, more than 24 million hard-working Americans losing health coverage, gutting key protections, a crushing age tax, and stealing from Medicare," Pelosi said in a statement. "With each passing week, Republicans have only made their bill more costly and more cruel to American families." Under the plan, Americans with pre-existing conditions will be "pushed off their insurance and segregated into high risk pools — where they will face soaring costs, worse coverage, and restricted care," she continued. "TrumpCare spells heart-stopping premium increases for Americans with anything from asthma to cancer."
By "forcing a vote" without a Congressional Budget Office score, it "shows that Republicans are terrified of the public learning the full consequences of their plan to push Americans with pre-existing conditions into the cold," Pelosi added. "But tomorrow, House Republicans are going to tattoo this moral monstrosity to their foreheads, and the American people will hold them accountable."