MDP Chair Stephen Webber: As the Republican Congress moves to overhaul healthcare, Missourians deserve the chance to tell their elected leaders face-to-face their thoughts, concerns
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Congress is in recess this week and with an American public expressing deep worry about the GOP’s proposed healthcare overhaul, Missouri’s Republican members of Congress are hiding from their disastrous healthcare overhaul by refusing to hold public town halls with Missourians this week.
All of Missouri’s Republican members in the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the House-passed version of the GOP’s healthcare overhaul, and Senator Roy Blunt remains supportive of the Republican healthcare legislation in the U.S. Senate. According to independent analyses from the Congressional Budget Office, the versions of the GOP’s healthcare overhaul in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate will spike costs for older Americans, gut protections for individuals with pre-existing health conditions, and devastate rural hospitals, among other major slashes to healthcare.
The Republicans’ proposed healthcare overhaul is opposed by a wide array of major medical, health, and patient advocacy groups, including AARP, the American Medical Association, the Missouri Hospital Association, and National Farmers Union, among others. It also remains deeply unpopular with the public. Last week, USA TODAY reported that the GOP’s healthcare overhaul in the U.S. Senate has a dismal approval rating of just 12%.
None of Missouri’s Republican members of Congress have held a single public town hall this year.
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber stated, “If Missouri’s Republican members of Congress are so confident spiking costs for older Missourians and gutting protections for individuals with pre-existing health conditions is the best way to do healthcare, then they should stop hiding and hold public town halls so any Missourian can show up and hear their concerns addressed.”
- According to numerous reports, an independent analysis from the Congressional Budget Office shows that the GOP’s healthcare overhaul in the U.S. Senate would slash “taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others, while allowing insurers to charge more to older policyholders,” spike costs for older Americans, while also allowing “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.”
- Overall, the CBO score shows the Senate healthcare bill would cut Medicaid by over $770 billion.