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Washington lawmakers respond to health plan report

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Following a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Committee (CBO) that some 14 million people would lose coverage under the Republican Health Care Act, Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are reacting to the news.

Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers released the following statement:

“The CBO report confirms that House Republicans’ process to repeal and replace Obamacare will lower premiums and taxes, reduce the federal deficit, increase consumer choice, and reform Medicaid for the first time in its 52-year history. I hear the concerns people have about CBO’s projected coverage numbers. However, their score doesn’t tell the whole story. CBO doesn’t take into account future actions Congress and the Administration will take to further lower costs and increase coverage options. Our plan will open up the insurance market so more people can find plans they want at prices they can afford, while addressing the disconnect between coverage and access to care.” 

Democratic Senator Patty Murray released this statement regarding the report:

 “Today’s report is just as terrible as Republicans knew it would be—and it’s also a broken promise to every patient and family who listened when President Trump and Republicans said that their reckless, mean-spirited bill would somehow provide better coverage—for everyone—at lower cost. It’s astounding that any elected official could support an effort to throw tens of millions of people off of coverage, spike premiums, gut Medicaid, target seniors for higher health care costs, and throw our health care system into chaos—not to mention what this bill would mean for women’s access to health care at Planned Parenthood. The facts are in, and Democrats will make sure Republicans can’t hide from them.” 

Governor Jay Inslee also weighed in with this statement:

“Today's analysis from the nonpartisan CBO confirms our worst fears about the Republican effort in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It would actually leave our nation worse off than before the ACA was implemented. Republican leaders use words like ‘freedom’ and ‘choice’ to hide what they’re really doing, which is ripping away one of our most important safety nets and rewinding the clock to a time before cancer patients could get coverage, all women could get preventative care and thousands could get help for opioid addiction. 

“I will be personally contacting every member of Washington's congressional delegation and calling on them to reject this attack on working families and vulnerable Americans.”

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