Editorial Boards Across Nation Slam Senate Republicans On Healthcare Vote
July 26, 2017
Editorial boards across the country are slamming Senate Republicans’ decision to move forward with health care repeal, threatening to take coverage away from millions and causing millions more to not be able to afford the care they need. Republicans are turning their backs on the people they’re supposed to represent and are waking up to scathing editorials in their home states.
See what editorial boards across the country have to say:
The Mercury News: GOP health care reform is a farce, badly acted at that
“This is how Republicans are going to determine how Americans get their health care? A 20-hour free-for-all in which senators don’t know moment to moment what plan they’ll be debating — the House bill or one of the three versions of the Senate bill which, by the way, several GOP senators have said they won’t support?”
The Arizona Republic: 'Obamacare lies’ traded for Trump lies?
“There are problems, for sure. But 20 million people have health care who didn’t have it before. And, as for failures, Trump since being elected has done all he can to undercut the law. Just recently the Trump administration abolished contracts with 18 cities that helped individuals sign up for coverage. Trump also cut the time in half that people will have to sign up. The law isn’t dying so much as he’s killing it.”
Tampa Bay Times: Floridians' health care now at risk in Washington
“Let's remember what is at stake for Florida. More than 1.7 million Floridians are receiving health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, and the vast majority of them have subsidies to help with the cost. Thousands more have been able to get Medicaid coverage they already were entitled to receive. More than 3.9 million Floridians receive Medicaid, including nearly half of the state's children and more than 455,000 residents in Tampa Bay. Any legislation passed by Congress that repeals the Affordable Care Act should not leave any of these Floridians without health care, and the cost of treating the uninsured is ultimately shared by taxpayers and those with health coverage who wind up paying higher rates.”
Concord Monitor: ‘Mr. Trump really needed to be here’
“The senators who voted ‘yes’ put their boots on the backs of the people in line at the county fairground in Wise. A lack of health care is one of the things keeping them down and out.
“Repealing the Affordable Care Act or damaging it more than the constant uncertainty that’s driven insurers out of the market means the people in Wise will have to line up in the sun again next year. They will not get the preventive care that allows them to keep their teeth, see the world clearly, or manage diabetes and other chronic conditions.”
Times West Virginia: Focus should be on improving health care in country, not taking something away
“Let’s put the focus on improving the nation’s health care, not taking something away.
The concept obviously is rooted in common sense. We hope it is not lost in what are sure to be contentious days ahead in Washington, D.C.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Sen. Rob Portman, you just let Ohio down
“Under such a confused scenario, debate will necessarily be shallow and limited, especially since Democrats are still being excluded from substantive input. Portman, a suburban Cincinnati Republican, had said that protecting Ohioans would be a key guide on his vote. It didn't prove so.
“With his Tuesday vote opening the door to possible passage of proposals that would undercut Ohio's rural health care system and strip hundreds of thousands of Ohioans of coverage, Portman let Ohio down.”
Star Tribune: U.S. Senate Republicans breathe life into health reforms that deserved to die
“Calls to improve the legislation do not change this ugly truth: GOP reforms do the opposite of McConnell’s promise. Whether it’s a pared-down “skinny repeal” or a full replacement, the main planks of the party plans remain in play — deep cuts to Medicaid, reckless regulatory rollbacks or reduced aid to pay premiums — despite damning evidence that these “solutions” are anything but.”
Asbury Park Press: Starving Obamacare mean-spirited
“Having so far failed to kill off the Affordable Care Act through conventional means, such as new federal legislation, the Trump administration has resorted to letting the health law slowly be starved by a lack of funding and support. The strategy of cutting off funding in hopes that a program will eventually become so inefficient that it can’t survive is not a new one, but in this case it is particularly heartless because it aims to hurt a policy that remains popular with millions of Americans who never had health insurance before.”
Boston Globe: Republicans must challenge Trump on health care
“Months into the GOP’s repeal-and-replace effort, not one piece of legislation Trump has backed, in either the House or the Senate, would keep all of those promises. Not by a country mile. To see that, one need only look at the various Congressional Budget Office analyses of those plans.
“They would all leave many millions more without health insurance. And they would all make deep cuts to Medicaid when measured against the spending projected under current law. You obviously can’t reduce Medicaid spending by hundreds of billions of dollars without cutting people from the rolls or reducing the quality of their coverage, or both.”
USA Today: The Senate's health care sham
“McConnell bypassed the normal process of Congress, the committee system, in which legislation is drafted and then publicly aired in hearings where experts testify. He has come up with two partial repeals of the ACA and one total repeal. All have elicited significant opposition, largely because they would result in 23 million to 32 million fewer people having health insurance.”
The New York Times: The Senate’s Health Care Travesty
“The majority leader, Mitch McConnell, browbeat and cajoled 50 members of his caucus to vote to begin a debate on health care without even telling the country which of several competing bills he wanted to pass. Vice President Mike Pence provided the tiebreaking vote. The proposals vary in severity, but all of them would leave millions more people without health insurance and make medical care unaffordable for many low-income and middle-class families. It is clear that Mr. McConnell does not much care which of these proposals the Senate passes; for whatever reason — pride, White House pressure, sheer cussedness — he just wants to get a bill out of the Senate. It could then go into conference with the House, which passed its own terrible bill in May.”