health care

CBO Confirms Senate Health GOP Bill Disastrous for Families and Public Health

June 26, 2017

Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149,
Hayley Burgess, 202-384-1279,

WASHINGTON — The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Monday said that 22 million Americans would lose their health insurance under a new legislative proposal by U.S. Senate Republicans, which aims to repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid.

The Senate bill includes provisions that would take away some immigrants’ access to health programs, going even further than its severely unpopular counterpart in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill’s authors would eliminate the ability of some immigrants currently covered by ACA plans to purchase health insurance, since the Senate bill would make them unable to buy a plan on the health insurance marketplaces and would exclude them from crucial financial assistance.

Matthew Lopas, health policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center Immigrant Justice Fund, issued the following statement:

“Republican senators devised this heartless health bill under a cloak of secrecy to avoid scrutiny. Now, the CBO has exposed it for what it is: a disastrous plan that would kick millions of people off insurance and make our communities less healthy, all so the rich can get a tax break.

“This proposal is bad for all of us, and it would hit immigrants and those struggling to make ends meet especially hard. To support it means to accept that many more kids and families will have to go without seeing a doctor when they get sick, forcing them into costly emergency services as a last resort. It means deciding to look the other way instead of doing something to help people who will die from treatable illnesses because they don’t have enough money. We urge all leaders in Congress to reject this shameful proposal.”


Republican Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act Are Sickening

May 2, 2017

Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149,

WASHINGTON — The Republicans in the House of Representatives have unveiled another attempt to jam through their deeply unpopular bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This amended version of the so-called American Health Care Act, blessed by key members of the Freedom Caucus, would do nothing to stop 24 million people from losing health insurance and would instead further open the doors to allow states to undo many of the protections that allowed millions of people to purchase quality insurance.

Below is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center Immigrant Justice Fund:

“After failing in such a spectacular fashion in March, Republicans in Congress and the White House are at it again, with even more insidious tactics. They have once again shown little regard for the health of millions of working families, putting politics and their agenda ahead of this nation’s health.

“Although the Affordable Care Act has not been a comprehensive solution our country’s health care needs, it has allowed tens of millions — including many thousands of immigrant families — to get the care they need to stay healthy. Republican attempts to strip millions of the insurance they now have is cruel, and this amendment makes it even worse. Members of Congress must continue to resist.”

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