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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

WEALTH CARE OVER HEALTHCARE

June 26, 2017
Floor Statements

Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the gentlewoman for yielding, and want to point out that, as we discuss healthcare, we have to notice that the Republicans are using a very flawed reasoning to try to sell TrumpCare to the American public.

   They say: ``We have a bill, and if you don't like the status quo, therefore, you have to support the bill.''

   And if you ask: ``Well, what's in the bill?'' They say: ``Well, you have to do something.''

   ``What's in your bill?''

   ``I don't like the Affordable Care Act.''

   ``What's in your bill?''

   ``The present law is called ObamaCare.''

   There is no discussion about what the bill actually does or whether or not it improves the status quo and how the bill will affect American families every day.

   But we do know something, based on the CBO report, and that is that TrumpCare is significantly worse than the current policy on every level.

   They complain about costs. Costs will go up under this bill. And the only way anybody saves money on premiums is because the policies won't cover as much of the costs. That is because they will cover a lower percentage of the costs, and they will cover fewer benefits.

   This was confirmed today by the CBO, which said that 22 million fewer people will have health and coverage under this plan; and the policies that people buy will cover a lot less than they cover now.

   Mr. Speaker, at some point, we have to recognize fundamental principles of arithmetic. If you give massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and corporations, as TrumpCare is proposing, you will have less money to help those who actually need money to afford insurance.

   Less money means fewer people covered by Medicaid, fewer people receiving subsidies to help them buy their insurance, and policies that cover a smaller portion of the costs.

   According to the CBO, TrumpCare will have a severe impact on rural America, threatening the services covered by rural hospitals which, in many areas, are the biggest employers in the area.

   CBO also points out that the hardest hit will be those with preexisting conditions, low-income Americans, and seniors. But even those making $100,000, around $100,000, will also be hurt.

   Mr. Speaker, why is the Senate even considering this bill? Who benefits? Maybe it is just those wealthy Americans who will get a huge tax cut as people lose their insurance.

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