MDP Chair: If Missouri’s statewide Republican officeholders don’t speak out now, ‘it will be crystal clear they’re in hiding because they support their party leaders on this disastrous legislation’
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The following is a statement from Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber on today’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score for the GOP’s U.S. Senate healthcare overhaul:
“Today’s independent analysis confirms what nearly everyone besides Republican officeholders are afraid of: the GOP’s healthcare overhaul is a cruel punch to the gut for older folks and working families,” stated Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber. “This bill would wreck healthcare for Missourians by spiking costs and gutting protections for people with pre-existing health conditions – while also dealing a death blow to our rural hospitals. Missouri’s top statewide Republican officeholders should have spoken out against this overhaul long ago – and if they don’t now, it will be crystal clear they’re in hiding because they support their party leaders on this disastrous legislation.”
- CNN reports that the CBO score shows the U.S. Senate healthcare overhaul would slash “taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others, while allowing insurers to charge more to older policyholders.” According to an expert from the Center for American Progress, the CBO score shows that under the Senate’s healthcare overhaul a 64-year-old with an annual income of $56,800 would see their premiums spike from $6,800 to $20,500.
- The Hill reports that the Senate healthcare overhaul allows “states to repeal ObamaCare requirements on what an insurance plan must cover, known as essential health benefits. That move could make certain services extremely expensive.”
- The CBO score shows the Senate healthcare bill would cut Medicaid by over $770 billion, “forcing state governments to either scale back the program or make up the difference out of their own budgets,” according to NPR.