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March 13, 2017

President Trump and House Republicans at War with Older Americans

Below is a statement from Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, on the Congressional Budget Office score of the American Health Care Act.

“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Trump-Price-Ryan plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act confirms our worst suspicions about this bill.

“This bill will make Americans sicker and poorer. President Trump promised to replace the ACA with a plan that expanded health care coverage at a lower cost. This plan does neither but rather provides the wealthiest Americans and insurance corporations with enormous tax cuts.

“If this plan is enacted, 24 million Americans will lose health insurance coverage over the next decade. We will return to the time when families feared that a serious medical emergency could bankrupt them. Older Americans would be the hardest hit, with insurance premiums skyrocketing.

“Adding insult to injury, this plan significantly weakens Medicare, reducing the solvency of the trust fund by 3 years — breaking President Trump’s promise to protect Medicare. In contrast, the ACA extended the Trust Fund’s solvency by 11 years.

“Older Americans know how important affordable health care is for their families and will continue to fight against this proposal. The members of the Alliance call on Congress to scrap this bill immediately.”

3 thoughts on “President Trump and House Republicans at War with Older Americans”

  1. This cannot happen. America needs to be moving forward not backward regarding health care. My mother suffered in a nursing home for three years. If it had not been for Medicare/Medicaid she would have been parked on the curb. This is not what we have worked for and paid for so it would be there when needed.

  2. Please do not touch social security and Medicare I worked and paid in all my life to get my benefits and the government had no problem taking away from me so ease leave me to get my benefits do not take away what I have earned.

  3. The Congressional Budget. Office has said that the. Trump proposal to replace the affordable Care. Act is a potential disaster especiallY for the elderly and lower income people. We need to preserve. Medicare. Medicaid. And. Social. Security in its present format NO. Privatazaton of the programs.

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