Consumer groups take stand against Senate healthcare bill

A number of groups are taking a stand against the Senate Republicans' replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) better know as Obamacare.

Jeremy Morrow | Jun 26, 2017

A number of groups are taking a stand against the Senate Republicans' replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) better know as Obamacare.

The GOP bill, which was hammered out in secrecy behind closed doors without any open debate, importantly reduces the expansion of Medicaid to low-income people. This would result in an "age tax" on seniors by increasing their premiums and reducing tax credits, according to AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond, as reported in Consumer Affairs.

The elderly would not be the only group negatively affected by the Senate healthcare bill.

"The bill would devastate the Medicaid program, our nation's health care safety net on which 69 million low-income Americans and people with disabilities including 37 million children rely," said Dr. George Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. "The measure would slash investments in core public health activities by eliminating the Prevention and Public Health Fund."

The Catholic Health Association also is lining up against the GOP bill.

"We ask Congress to ensure that the funds currently supporting health care programs remain in the system under any legislative proposal, instead of being diverted for tax cuts for the more fortunate."

Five Republican senators are saying they cannot support the bill: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, and Dean Heller, according to Reuters. If they stay firm, the legislation will be doomed to fail given that Republican have only a two vote majority in the Senate.

All Democrats oppose the bill.

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