This week, Republicans in Congress are trying to force another vote on their disastrous health care bill, a.k.a. TrumpCare, which would take health care away from 24 million Americans and raise premiums on older Americans.
The first time Republicans in Congress tried to push this bill through, the bill had a dismal 17 percent approval from the public, it was opposed by non-partisan groups like the American Medical Association and AARP, and Republicans couldn’t get enough votes from their own caucus to pass it.
Now they took a bad bill and made it worse. In order to appease the most right-wing members of their caucus, Republicans edited the bill to allow states to opt out of protecting Americans who have pre-existing conditions like diabetes, asthma, and others.
Arizona Democratic Party Chair Alexis Tameron issued the following statement:
“Paul Ryan and House Republicans took a bill that raised health care costs and made it worse. It was bad enough that Republicans were ready to take health care away from 24 million and raise premiums on older Americans – now they want to threaten coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions.
"Martha McSally vowed she’d protect Southern Arizonans from her party’s attempt to eliminate pre-existing conditions and since then, she’s gone back on her word and betrayed them.
"The question remains: will Martha McSally put her loyalty to Donald Trump and Paul Ryan before her constituents’ health care?”