Rep. Deutch Statement on Vote against TrumpCare
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) issued this statement after casting a vote against TrumpCare:
"There is a lot that Congress could work on to improve healthcare in America. Instead, Republicans forced a partisan bill through the House that will rip away healthcare from 24 million people. This bill will eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions. From cancer to pregnancy and diabetes to heart disease, half the population will face price gouging based on their health history. The American people want better healthcare; they don’t want higher costs, less coverage, and cuts that will jeopardize Medicare and Medicaid.
"TrumpCare will allow insurance companies to discriminate against women, charge seniors five times more than younger consumers, hinder our fight against drug overdoses and addiction, and end requirements for essential health benefits like emergency room and mental health care in all health plans. With this vote, Republicans have chosen to put healthcare out of reach for millions.
"But beyond the substance, the process has been entirely undemocratic. Republicans locked the American people out of the process, drafting this proposal behind closed doors, holding hearings in the middle of the night, and refusing to wait for an updated report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office so that we know even more about the terrible damage this bill will do.
"I hope the American people are watching and will hold Congress accountable. I voted no, and I will continue to fight for expanded coverage and reduced costs so that all Americans have the right to access the care they need."
Moments before the vote, the Congressman spoke at a rally against TrumpCare. You can view his remarks here.