As support for Trumpcare plunges among Americans, doctors, medical groups, and seniors unite against plan to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, hike costs for older Missourians
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s Republican leaders in Jefferson City are staying silent on Trumpcare, as the bill’s popularity continues to plummet and major health and patient advocacy groups are highlighting their opposition to the House-passed GOP health care legislation that guts protections for Missourians with pre-existing health conditions and hikes costs for older Americans.
In contrast to these groups – including AARP, the American Medical Association, and the Children’s hospital association – Missourians have heard silence from Missouri’s statewide officeholders like Governor Eric Greitens, Lt. Governor Mike Parson, and Attorney General Josh Hawley, even as the key change in the House-passed Trumpcare bill allows state leaders the ability to “opt-out” of key health care protections.
“You’d think after spending the better half of a decade talking about getting rid of the Affordable Care Act, Missouri’s Republicans would have something to say about the GOP’s House-passed health care plan,” said Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber. “Instead, Eric Greitens, Mike Parson and Josh Hawley – along with other GOP legislative leaders – are staying silent on Trumpcare and its gutting of protections for Missourians who’ve been sick before and have pre-existing health conditions. The American people are making it loud and clear they do not want Trumpcare, and they deserve an answer from our state Republican officeholders.”
In contrast to the silence of Missouri’s GOP leaders, here’s what AARP, doctors, patient advocates and other key medical groups are saying about Trumpcare:
- “Allowing insurance companies to once again charge Americans with pre-existing conditions more because they’ve had cancer, diabetes or heart disease — would make a bad bill even worse.” – AARP
- “Not only would the AHCA eliminate health insurance coverage for millions of Americans, the legislation would, in many cases, eliminate the ban against charging those with underlying medical conditions vastly more for their coverage…millions of Americans will lose their health insurance as a direct result of this proposal.” – American Medical Association
- “The various patchwork solutions offered by lawmakers would still leave the millions of patients we represent, who have serious and chronic health conditions, at risk of not being able to access life-saving treatments and care.” – American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, March of Dimes, National Organization for Rare Disorders, National MS Society, and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
- “The latest version of the AHCA continues to put health coverage in jeopardy for many Americans. Our top concern is what this change could mean for older and sicker patients, including those with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer patients and those with chronic conditions. For these reasons, along with our previously stated concerns about the AHCA, we cannot support the bill.” – American Hospital Association
- “On behalf of our nation’s children’s hospitals and the patients and families they serve, Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) continues to oppose the newly modified American Health Care Act… Recently adopted changes only worsen the AHCA by putting children with preexisting conditions at increased risk of losing health care coverage and failing to correct the Medicaid cuts that would impact over 30 million kids.” – Children’s Hospital Association