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Rep. Chu Statement on “Heartless” Healthcare Vote

July 25, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After Vice President Mike Pence had to cast a tie breaking vote in the Senate to begin debate on a yet to be seen healthcare bill, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:

“I’m saddened and disappointed that the Senate today voted to begin debate on a bill without knowing any details other than that it will threaten the health insurance of anywhere from 22-32 million Americans, based on past CBO analyses. That President Trump crowed about it being a victory is even more cruel and betrays the true motivations. Celebration of a vote without any text shows that this vote was about politics, not policy. And after Democrats and the American people were excluded from the bill drafting process, it’s the height of hypocrisy to claim this vote was about starting debate. Debate has already been silenced.

“The health of Americans is simply too important. If Republicans move ahead with any of the plans they’ve considered so far, the one outcome we can be sure of is that more Americans suffer from lack of access to affordable healthcare. Instead of trying to live up to insincere campaign pledges so they can give Donald Trump a ‘win,’ I urge Republicans to work with us to actually improve care. The Affordable Care Act has room for improvement and I am proud to have introduced a bill – H.R. 3311 - with Reps. Jim Langevin and Raul Ruiz to do just that. It’s time to put the people above politics, drop the heartless repeal campaign, and work to strengthen our insurance markets and lower prices.”