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Senate vote to repeal ACA will devastate American families

News: 2017 Press Release

For Release: July 24, 2017
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Senate vote to repeal ACA will devastate American families

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement in response to the procedural vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act scheduled in the Senate for tomorrow:

“Senate Republican leaders continue their short-sighted, damn-the-consequences march to dismantle health care for tens of million Americans with a procedural vote tomorrow. The Senate Republicans’ latest effort, prompted by President Trump who has stated his determination to cause the Affordable Care Act to fail, comes in the face of opposition from physicians, nurses, hospitals, medical clinics, and consumers.

While the American public, and even most Senate Republicans, are being kept in the dark about what proposal they’ll be voting on, we do know that the Republican proposals will cut coverage for between 22 and 32 Million Americans, raise premiums by at least 20–25 percent, undermine protections for those with pre-existing conditions, allow the sale of junk insurance, and provide huge tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. 

Regardless of the strong-arm tactics of President Trump and Republican Congressional leaders, the majority of Americans oppose repeal of the ACA. It is time for Senate Republicans to stand up and do the right thing by the American public. They should vote no tomorrow.


As the insurance regulator of the largest insurance market in the country, my message to Republican Senators is simple – your obsession with repealing the ACA needs to end—do your jobs and instead pass a bill to fund the ACA cost-sharing reduction paymentsto stabilize health insurancemarkets and stop working on new ways to deny Americans health care coverage.”


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Media Note:

Comparison of Proposals - The Kaiser Family Foundation compares the impacts of each Republican health care proposal.

 



The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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