Jul 18 2017
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the latest Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act:
“Republicans have now failed twice in their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and gut Medicaid. This should be a clear signal that repeal is not possible and that any effort to pass a health reform legislation must be bipartisan and proceed through an open hearing process that includes feedback from doctors, patients, families, hospitals, health plans and advocates.
“Instead, they plan to bring up another bill that will repeal significant provisions of the Affordable Care Act with no plan to replace it, an approach that’s sure to create nationwide chaos and no Democratic senator could support. The CBO has already said a full repeal bill would take health coverage from 24 million Americans. It would be the height of irresponsibility to continue down this path.
“It’s past time for Republicans to work with Democrats to improve existing law. One idea is to fix the steep cut-off for tax credit subsidies in the individual market, which hurts middle-class families. I have a bill to eliminate that cliff and increase affordability. I would be eager to sit down and work with my colleagues on this plan.
“The time has come to take the lock off of Republican control of health care and bring both parties to the table to ensure health coverage is affordable and available to all.”