Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in reaction to the House Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and leave millions of Americans without health insurance:
“After seven years of efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans have finally unveiled their plan. Simply put, it would devastate California and leave millions without health insurance.
“The plan would cut financial help for low- and middle-income families and replace it with tax credits too small to help those who need it most and tax breaks for insurance company CEOs.
“The plan would end Medi-Cal as we know it, the state’s Medicaid program that covers 13.5 million Californians. The federal government currently covers a fixed portion of the cost of health care services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Under the Republican plan, the federal government would place a strict limit on the amount it pays for each Medi-Cal beneficiary. The state would be on the hook for the rest of the cost, which would overwhelm the state’s budget.
“Continuing the years-long attack on Planned Parenthood, the plan would defund this critical health care provider. Women in California who go to Planned Parenthood for basic preventive care, including annual check-ups, would be forced to go elsewhere or do without care. It’s the height of hypocrisy for Republicans to espouse the importance of patient choice and then move to deny 776,000 patients in California the ability to see their doctor.
“Republicans should be working to improve the Affordable Care Act rather than putting forward a half-baked plan that would leave Californians worse off.”