Given the utter lack of transparency around its drafting, I’m not surprised to see that the Senate Republicans’ rewrite of the AHCA is just as misguided and cruel as the version passed by the House last month. In fact, it has even steeper cuts to Medicaid, a program that serves over 1 million of the most vulnerable Minnesotans, and thousands of children here in Minneapolis. The proposed bill defunds Planned Parenthood, an organization that’s been providing vital reproductive health care to women for a century. It could also effectively end protections for people with pre-existing conditions – a literally life-saving provision in the Affordable Care Act. What do all these cuts get us? A big increase in the number of uninsured Americans, and a big tax cut for the wealthiest.
Fortunately, there’s still time to stop this dangerous bill from becoming law, and I commend Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Al Franken, and Rep. Keith Ellison for their continued opposition to it. They know what we know: our health care system should help more people get the coverage and care they need – not less. We can and must do better.