Transcript: Sen. Bernie Sanders’s remarks on the CBO score for the House-approved American Health Care Act
Partial transcript of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vermont) remarks on the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis on the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare, passed by the House on May 4, 2017. The press briefing was held on May 24, 2017:
We can call this legislation whatever we want. You can call it a destroyed health care bill. You can call it a tax break for the rich bill. But we should not call it a health care bill because I have never seen a health care bill which throws 23 million Americans off of health insurance. That’s not a health care bill.
It’s not a health care bill when you cut Medicaid by $800 billion, denying health insurance to children or some of the poorest people in this country or middle class people who need help with nursing home care for their parents.
It is not a health care bill when you de-fund Planned Parenthood and deny 2.5 million women their choice of health care providers.
It is not a health care bill when you force older workers to pay two, three, four times more for their health care that they currently get.
So call it whatever you want, but please do not call this bill a health care bill.
This is legislation that provides over $200 billion in tax breaks to the wealthiest 2%. It is legislation, which provides hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the insurance companies, the drug companies, and other people in the medical industry.
Our job is to come together and improve the Affordable Care Act. That means lower deductibles, lower co-payments, lower prescription drug costs.
Our job is to pass a health care bill, not to throw millions of people off of their health insurance they currently have.
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