Older Americans Would be Hard Hit
The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to media reports on the Senate Republicans’ latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“The Senate Republican leadership’s latest try at an Obamacare repeal bill seeks to placate the most extreme conservative wing of their party at the expense of working and older Americans.
“This bill still dramatically cuts Medicaid, which provides health insurance for millions of elderly and disabled Americans. By any definition, it is still cruel.
“The Cruz amendment will wreak havoc on the insurance markets and increase costs to people with pre-existing conditions. Eighty-four percent of Americans aged 55-64 have at least one pre-existing condition.
“Americans want affordable, quality health care but the Republican plan will make older and sicker Americans pay more. Those who need coverage the most will be sent into a spiral of rising premiums and costs.
“The 4.4 million members of the Alliance are organized and unified in our opposition to this plan, and will continue to urge our elected officials to vote against it.”
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