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Senate vote leaves health care in limbo for millions of Americans

News: 2017 Press Release

For Release: July 25, 2017
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Senate vote leaves health care in limbo for millions of Americans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement after the Senate's procedural vote to move forward with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act:

"Today was a sad day in the United States Senate. Senate Republicans voted to move forward with debate on a bill to repeal health care reform without any public hearings and without actually seeing the bill they were voting on.

What we do know is that the various versions of Affordable Care Act repeal bills result in 22 to 32 million Americans losing their health care coverage. Nothing this damaging to Americans' health care should be voted on without public hearings.

I urge Republican Senators to refrain from voting for repeal until there have been public hearings on the bill. And I urge them to vote no on any bill that will result in fewer Americans having health insurance."

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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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