Maloney Joins Hudson Valley Residents who Would Lose Insurance under TrumpCare to Demand Senate Reject Bill
Newburgh, NY – Following last week’s contentious and partisan House vote on TrumpCare, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney joined local residents who would be devastated by the American Health Care Act and called on the Senate to reject the bill.
“This is not some vague political issue. This hits close to home for thousands in the Hudson Valley, and the folks that joined me today will lose health care – or worse – if this heartless bill is signed into law,” said Representative Maloney. “The Senate should absolutely scrap this bill and start over by trying to improve the ACA and focusing on popular, bipartisan priorities.”
“Thursday I was glued to the television, watching this health care bill go to the floor – was I angry? Yes. Was I terrified? Hell yes,” said Theresa Bauer from New Windsor, who was born with deformities in the bones in legs and lost her home because of high health care costs. “I don’t know what’s going to happen to me, and I feel like I’m being punished for how I was born. This is a new kind of discrimination against people with preexisting conditions and disabilities.”
“This bill threatens my access to getting a drug I need by pricing me out of the market,” said Frank Petrucci from Warwick, who has a preexisting condition called CIDP. “If I can’t get to the doctor, I would start by not being able to stand up, pick up a fork, or tie my shoes – and eventually die. That’s very scary. Please don’t put me in a pool and force me to not have access to health care.”
“President Donald Trump said he would not cut Medicaid, but he did not keep that promise – the current health care bill’s planned Medicaid cuts are sweeping and drastic,” said Andrea McKenna whose daughter Macy was born with autism. “I’m seriously concerned about this bill and what it means to my daughter, to her future, and to my family.”
On Thursday May 4th, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, with bipartisan opposition, by a vote of 217-213. The bill would cause 24 million people to lose health care, defund Planned Parenthood, cut off health care for millions of veterans, takes nearly $1 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid, and sticks older Americans with skyrocketing insurance bills. It would also allow insurance companies to kick people with pre-existing conditions off their plans including, but not limited to veterans, cancer patients, children with disabilities, pregnant mothers and victims of sexual assault. Maloney condemned passage of the bill.