Foster Statement on Failure of TrumpCare in the U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC – Today, I was proud to be on the floor of the U.S. House as pressure from across the political spectrum forced the Republican Party to pull the American Health Care Act, also known as TrumpCare, from consideration. If this legislation had passed, the result would have been a disaster for retirees, veterans, and hardworking Americans.
Under TrumpCare, more than 24 million Americans would have lost lifesaving health coverage, and millions of others would have to pay far more for far less coverage. Those over 50 would have had to pay up to five times more for health insurance than other Americans, and nothing would have been done to control runaway drug costs. Seven million veterans would have faced a crippling new tax penalty, and funding would have been slashed for treatment of Americans suffering from heroin and opioid addiction.
The Republican plan would also have rapidly bankrupted Medicare by taking $117 billion from the Medicare Trust fund to provide new tax cuts for the wealthy. Finally, studies indicate that TrumpCare would have destroyed over two million American jobs. No wonder Republicans attempted to ram this through Congress using special procedures that cut off hearings, amendments, and informed debate.
The defeat of this legislation in Congress also represents a victory for the American people, who opposed Trumpcare by a three to one margin. It also represents an opportunity for Republicans to begin negotiations with Democrats on common sense improvements to the Affordable Care Act rather than continuing their seven year strategy of sabotage and false promises.