Levin Floor Statement on American Health Care Act

Mar 24, 2017 Issues: Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) today made the following remarks on the House floor during the debate of the Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the American Health Care Act:  

(Remarks as Prepared)

“Under this bill, 14 million Americans would lose their health insurance next year, and 24 million over the next decade.

“Today, most are invisible.

“But they would become seen and be heard: at emergency rooms with no other place to go; with more serious illnesses because of no preventive care; people 50-64 with far higher premiums; mothers without access to affordable maternity care; elderly evicted from nursing homes, losing coverage from Medicaid, the largest source of long term care in our nation; and in lives lost that could have been saved.

“Some time ago I met a woman who had health insurance through her job. She contracted breast cancer and received treatment, but then lost her job and insurance. Then ACA covered her – she looked straight at us and said without the further treatments she would not be alive today.

“Under this bill, a trillion dollars lost for health care, and a trillion dollars in tax cuts mostly for the very wealthy and corporations.

“This is not America.”