Ohio House Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement in response to the Republican passage of Trumpcare in the U.S. House of Representatives by a razor thin margin yesterday: 


“The House Republicans’ push to roll back the Affordable Care Act is a dangerous step toward cutting off millions of Americans – including one-million Ohioans – from lifesaving healthcare. I am especially outraged by the irresponsible actions of Congressional Representatives from southwest Ohio, who voted for a bill that jeopardizes their constituents’ health and well-being. In the wealthiest country in the world, people should not have to go bankrupt or mortgage their future to access the care they need. Trumpcare threatens the health, safety and economic stability of millions of Americans young and old, especially people with pre-existing conditions. I hope yesterday’s vote will motivate Americans to come together and send a strong message to the Senate to do the right thing and put a stop to these unhealthy and unsafe restrictions.” 


The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has yet to fully analyze the latest version of Trumpcare, but healthcare experts expect it to be similar to the previous version of the bill, under which 24 million Americans had little or no access to affordable healthcare. Under that version, Ohio also lost some $26 billion in federal healthcare funding, while one out of four Ohioans would have seen reduced healthcare eligibility and services. Costs also skyrocketed for the average Ohio enrollee by nearly $3,000, and by over $5,000 for older Ohio enrollees in 2020. 


The Republican bill could also cause schools in Ohio to lose millions of dollars that fund special education and behavioral services, according to the Plain Dealer


The bill now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to receive some pushback from moderate Republicans.

 
 
 
  
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