In a letter to Congressional Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Ryan, AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka urges Congress to abandon the planned rollbacks of the nations health care programs:
“On behalf of the 12.5 million working people represented by the AFL-CIO, I write to you as the congressional leaders of the Republican party. I urge you to abandon the strategy you are pursuing to roll back coverage and protections under our nation’s major health care programs.”
“You are now poised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with breathtaking speed at the beginning of the new Congress, without providing replacement coverage to the 30 million Americans who will become uninsured as a result. This action appears to mark just the first stage of a massive Republican plan to cut federal support for health coverage.”
“I hope you will change your direction on health care reform as reflected in prominent Republican proposals, such as the House’s “Better Way” platform; Rep. Tom Price’s FY 2017 budget resolution and his Empowering Patients First Act; and the Patient CARE Act offered by Sen. Burr, Sen. Hatch and Rep. Upton. These proposals embody a cut-and-run approach, under which the federal government sheds responsibility for reducing health care costs and ensuring affordable coverage, and dumps these responsibilities directly on workers, retirees, and state and local governments.”
Click here to read the full letter from AFL-CIO President Trumka.