NEWS: Murphy Opposes Health Care Bill Following CBO Report
Nonpartisan Analysis Says 24 Million Americans to Lose Health Insurance by 2026
U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., said today she will oppose the American Health Care Act in its current form following an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that projected 14 million Americans would lose their coverage next year if the bill became law – a number that would grow to 24 million people by 2026.
Statement by U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy:
“Every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care, and I will not vote for a bill that falls short of that principle. Today the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said an alarming 24 million Americans will lose their health insurance under the American Health Care Act. Older Americans will bear the brunt of the bill’s impact with skyrocketing premiums and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, which is why groups like the AARP strongly oppose the bill – and among the many reasons why I also oppose the bill in its current form.
“House Republican leaders are rushing this process with closed-door meetings and midnight committee sessions. We need to slow down, bring both parties together, and get health care reform right so there aren’t any unintended consequences that hurt families, seniors, and small businesses.”
Statement from AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond (March 7, 2017):
“AARP opposes this legislation, as introduced, that would weaken Medicare, leaving the door open to a voucher program that shifts costs and risks to seniors.
“Before people even reach retirement age, big insurance companies could be allowed to charge them an age tax that adds up to thousands of dollars more per year. Older Americans need affordable health care services and prescriptions. This plan goes in the opposite direction, increasing insurance premiums for older Americans and not doing anything to lower drug costs.
“On top of the hefty premium increase for consumers, big drug companies and other special interests get a sweetheart deal.
“Finally, Medicaid cuts could impact people of all ages and put at risk the health and safety of 17.4 million children and adults with disabilities and seniors by eliminating much-needed services that allow individuals to live independently in their homes and communities. Although no one believes the current health care system is perfect, this harmful legislation would make health care less secure and less affordable.”
U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. Previously, Murphy was a businesswoman and college instructor who also served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Murphy lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.