Hassan: Senate Republicans' health care bill 'heartless,' rest of NH delegation also opposed
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Several members of New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation condemned the Senate Republicans' health care bill, calling it heartless and devastating to the state's residents.
The Senate bill, negotiated in secret, is an effort to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law. Released Thursday, it would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase tax increases on higher-income people, insurers and others.
Sen. Maggie Hassan says Senate Republicans took a bill that President Donald Trump has called "mean" and made "it even more heartless." She complained about the bill's deep cuts to Medicaid and its efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
"There is no doubt that the Affordable Care Act needs to be improved, but Trumpcare would make things worse for most Americans - whether they currently get their insurance through their employer, buy it privately, buy it through the exchange or have Medicaid," Hassan said in a statement. "I will do everything in my power to stop this devastating Trumpcare bill from ever becoming law, and I urge all Granite Staters to continue telling your stories and making your voices heard about how harmful this bill would be for you."
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, meanwhile, says the bill "would mean less coverage for fewer people at higher costs, all while giving a tax cut to the wealthy."
"Taken together, this is a bad deal for New Hampshire and a bad deal for the American people," she said in a statement. "I will also continue to urge my Republican colleagues to work across the aisle to make needed fixes to the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it, so that more Americans have affordable, accessible healthcare."
Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster also expressed their displeasure for the Senate GOP's proposed healthcare bill.
“Senate Republicans know the majority of Americans oppose their plan, so they wrote it in secret sessions and are now trying to rush it to a vote next week," Shea-Porter said. "Every person in New Hampshire who gets health coverage through the individual market, Medicaid, or the New Hampshire Health Protection Program will be affected by this bill if it passes."
Kuster called the healthcare bill cruel and urged Republicans to work across the aisle to repair the Affordable Care Act.
"I’m eager to work across the aisle to repair, not repeal the Affordable Care Act," Kuster said. "It’s long past time Republican leadership abandon its single-minded focus on repealing the Affordable Care Act and instead got down to the hard work of actually improving our healthcare delivery system for all Americans.”