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Virginia Democrats Rip GOP Efforts to Trash American Healthcare


Rep. Gerry Connolly: “This am GOP will attempt to gut protection on pre-existing conditions. Don’t be fooled. Upton amdt is a fig leaf that won’t cover much. ACA can be improved. This vote today however is a step towards dismantling the ACA and it will hurt real people. Trumpcare 3.0. No hearings. No CBO score. No idea how many people will be affected. The American public will hold GOP accountable. #VERIFIED”

Rep. Don Beyer: “That’s less than 15 hours from now, but we haven’t seen text of the bill yet. And more to the point, the American people haven’t either…And the @HouseGOP leaders won’t wait for a CBO score because they don’t want anyone to know what #Trumpcare will do. It’s that bad. #VoteNo… are rushing through as fast as they can, betting that you won’t find out what’s in it and get mad…Insane? Yes. Madness? Yes. Destructive? Yes. Horribly irresponsible? Yes. Hurts millions of Americans? Yes. That is all.

Rep. Bobby Scott: “I agree w/ @timkaine & @MarkWarner criticism of @POTUS & the @HouseGOP. They are playing politics w/ healthcare: http://bit.ly/2qtsOGg …Today’s #Trumpcare vote is another attempt by @realDonaldTrump & the @HouseGOP to undermine protections for working families…@HouseGOP are rushing to pass #Trumpcare.That means higher health costs, disruption in the ACA marketplace & a tax cut for the wealthy.”

Rep. Donald McEachin: Once again, wants to take away healthcare from 24million+ Americans. The American people rely on their access to healthcare. This CANNOT be a partisan issue.  is a disaster and will not support the needs of hardworking Americans. I encourage my colleagues to think of their constituents. saves lives. I ask my colleagues, why do you want to vote in favor of ? I stand in opposition to  We cannot accept discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. I know that healthcare is a matter of life and death. For Americans with pre-existing conditions, would mean ↑in premiums, ↑ in deductibles & long waiting periods for coverage.  is unacceptable for Americans in rural communities, who will have less access to care under the bill.”

Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner: “As a result of the consistently mixed messages and increasing uncertainty on health care from the Trump Administration, some insurers will raise premiums and scale back their health insurance offerings in the individual market, which serves more than 400,000 people in Virginia. Aetna’s decision to leave the Virginia marketplace in 2018 shows the real-life consequences of President Trump playing politics with health care and unfortunately Virginians will be the ones paying the price for his actions. This week, Aetna’s CEO pointed directly to the Trump Administration’s threat to eliminate cost-sharing reductions as a move that put too much uncertainty into the system. He said he believes it’s time to admit that the ACA needs to be fixed, not repealed.

“President Trump has a responsibility to make clear whether he intends to continue using the health coverage of millions of Americans as political leverage, or whether he will demonstrate leadership by working in a bipartisan way to improve the Affordable Care Act. President Trump touting the idea of letting Obamacare ‘explode’ for personal and political gain is intentional sabotage of a system where millions of Americans have the most to lose. President Trump playing politics with the system as insurers were getting ready to set their rates for 2018 only made matters worse. The Administration should start by agreeing to permanently fund the cost-sharing reduction and reinsurance payments authorized by law, and withdrawing the dangerous Executive Order issued after the inauguration which is already undermining access to coverage. We have supported working in a bipartisan way to improve the Affordable Care Act, and stand ready to work with our colleagues to promote competition and affordability in the marketplace.”

Sen. Tim Kaine adds separately: “After Trump nominates SecEd who doesn’t understand federal disability law, now TrumpCare bill would cut special ed services. Heartless!”

Ralph Northam: “Where does @EdWGillespie stand on this? With hardworking Virginians who could lose coverage or with Trump?”

Tom Perriello: “Obamacare insured 20 million & I lost my seat. AHCA will spike premiums and boot millions from insurance. Rs—why are you voting for this? Contrary to what the Bully-in-Chief says, you *don’t* have to support this awful bill. If you think Trump’s scorn would be bad, just wait. You’re exempting yourself from your own law, while making sexual assault a preexisting condition that isn’t covered. How’s that gonna go? If the moral, economic or health-based arguments aren’t enough (and apparently they aren’t), then see the board & save yourselves. Vote no.”

  • No Word from Gillespie, Stewart and Wagner on Trumpcare 2.0

    Yes, We Are Sending Another One Of These Releases

    Today marks another day in the Donald Trump presidency where potentially tens of thousands of Virginians with pre-existing conditions are faced with the reality that they might lose their health insurance coverage.

    And not surprisingly, today marks another day where the Republicans running for governor remain silent as the livelihood and well-being of countless Virginians are on the line.

    “Ed Gillespie, Corey Stewart and Frank Wagner need to decide what team they are on. Are they going to side with cancer patients, sexual assault victims, those born with heart disease or chronic illness, or are they are going to side with Donald Trump and the bank accounts of insurance companies?” said DPVA spokeswoman Christina Freundlich. “Enough is enough. Virginians need to know where they stand on this bill.”

  • Video: Rep. Don Beyer Statement Opposing “Dangerous” Trumpcare; latest version “makes a bad bill even worse” by “appeas[ing] the far right”


  • Governor McAuliffe Statement on Congressional Republicans’ Health Care Bill

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement in response to the health care legislation that is expected to be voted on today in the U.S. House of Representatives:

    “Once again, congressional Republicans are threatening the health of Virginia families by rushing to dismantle the Affordable Care Act – a bill that has helped 400,000 Virginians get health insurance. The legislation that they intend to pass today would endanger people with pre-existing conditions, cut essential health benefits, and weaken states’ ability to keep our residents healthy and economically competitive. Without a non-partisan analysis of the human and financial impacts by the Congressional Budget Office, the GOP leadership is irresponsibly putting this bill to a vote.

    “This bill would also decimate Medicaid coverage for low-income Virginians, roughly one million of whom rely on the program to access basic healthcare. By slashing more than $800 billion from this critical lifeline, Republicans are gutting a successful program that has helped countless seniors, children, and people with disabilities live healthy and productive lives.

    “The ACA could be made stronger – and Congress should focus on those efforts. Instead, today they are poised to pass a bill that would strip millions of Americans access to health care in order to finance a tax cut for billionaires. On behalf of the people of Virginia, I urge Congress to identify smart, targeted reforms that improve our healthcare system and reduce costs, without leaving behind the very people they are meant to help.”

    ~ On Trumpcare passing the House of Representatives ~

    WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committees, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

    “Instead of working with Democrats to improve the Affordable Care Act, today Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to take away healthcare coverage from millions of Americans. This bill would raise costs for seniors, hang 3.4 million Virginians with preexisting conditions out to dry, and shift hundreds of millions of dollars in costs for Medicaid services to states, impacting care for pregnant women, seniors and the disabled.

    “This was a bad bill a month ago, and it’s a worse bill now. I will fight tooth and nail to keep it from passing the Senate.”

  • Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement in response:

    “Today, House Republicans voted to cement the notion that in America, your life’s worth is your net worth. This is the most spineless, unprincipled cruelty that I have ever seen come from a legislative body. These members have jammed through a bad bill in the name of accomplishment, and it accomplishes one thing: it is a Frankenstein of all the pre-Obamacare insurance industry’s worst norms.

    As a physician, I remember personally what that time was like. I spent so much time on the phone with insurance companies before the Affordable Care Act’s passage that I decided to do something about it. That’s why I first ran for public office. Today, I am thinking about my patients, a lot of whom are on Medicaid, a lot of whom have preexisting conditions and live with disabilities, and my heart breaks for them. House Republicans today told them that they do not have the right to quality and affordable healthcare, and what’s more, they could literally pay for it with their lives.

    I urge the Senate — kill this bill. It is an economic and moral imperative that we keep building on the Affordable Care Act’s progress. It is now literally a matter of life and death.”

  • Rep. Don Beyer: “The passage of Trumpcare is a dark stain on the history of the House of Representatives. Republican leaders forced this bill on the country without knowing what effect it would have on millions of Americans and one sixth of our economy.

    They don’t know what this updated bill will do, or how much it will hurt people, and yet they have rushed it to passage following no hearings, no score from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, no time to read or consider the bill’s text, and a paltry amount of floor debate.

    We do know that it will lead to loss of health care coverage for an estimated 24 million Americans, eliminate essential health benefits, jeopardize coverage for people with preexisting conditions, drive up costs for Americans while providing them with skimpier coverage, cut tax credits for millions of veterans, gut funding for Planned Parenthood, and ration care for children with disabilities.

    A bill that does those things should never have been considered at all, and certainly not without a CBO score or legitimate debate.”

  • Progress Virginia Outraged Over Congressional Vote to Kick Virginians Off Insurance

    6 Virginia Congress members voted to cut taxes on millionaires while putting affordable health coverage out of reach for millions of Americans

    Washington, DC–The American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement of the Affordable Care Act, passed the House of Representatives moments ago and will move on to the Senate for a vote. Virginia Congressmen Dave Brat, Tom Garrett, Morgan Griffith, Scott Taylor, Bob Goodlatte, and Rob Wittman all voted to pass the bill that could leave 24 million Americans uninsured.

    “Trumpcare is quite simply an attack on our families and communities. Our representatives should be working to expand access to quality, affordable health care, not cutting taxes for the ultra-rich while kicking millions of people off their health insurance,” Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia, said. “It’s simply outrageous any Virginia Congressman would vote for a bill that treats rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, or pregnancy as a pre-existing condition. Unfortunately for Virginians, that’s exactly what they’ve done. When Virginians are unable to see a doctor when they get sick or are brutally attacked, we’ll know exactly who to blame.”

    Republicans in Congress altered the rules and passed the bill so quickly that the Congressional Budget Office was unable to score the bill. A previous version of the bill was estimated to cause 24 million Americans to lose health insurance coverage over the next 10 years.


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives passing TrumpCare:

    “President Trump promised the American public that no one would lose coverage under his health bill, those with pre-existing conditions would be protected, and no one would be worse off. Today the House rushed the TrumpCare bill through without waiting to hear how many millions of people would lose health insurance and protections for pre-existing conditions, how high premiums would go up for seniors and how much the deficit would explode. If they cared about health care, they would care about how this bill affects people’s health. But what they care about is giving a massive tax break to the wealthiest, paid for by slashing health care for everyday people.

    “The Senate should put this bill into committee, let the CBO study it, hold hearings to hear from doctors and patients and engage in a meaningful bipartisan effort to improve health care. And we should never accept a bill that causes people to lose coverage or pay more. That’s what the President promised and we need to hold him accountable for it.”

  • VA GOP Chair Whit-less projecting yet again:


  • Yes, the VA GOP is actually “proud” of this disaster


    • True Blue

      True if you only count the six GOPers who are men as the “entire” team; I guess Whitbeck forgot about Comstock, a woman, who voted no. I called many VA reps yesterday (even if I wasn’t in their districts) to encourage them to join her in a no vote.

  • Rep. Donald McEachin:

    “This bill will make life harder, and shorter, for vast numbers of Americans. No one chooses to have health issues. No one chooses a pre-existing condition. Good health is a blessing and we should not punish those who don’t have it. All Americans deserve affordable, quality health care.

    “House Republicans chose to pass a bill that would withdraw health coverage from 24 million Americans in order to fund massive tax cuts for the wealthy. It would greatly increase premiums and out-of-pocket costs, while making drastic cuts to Medicare. This bill would undermine existing protections for those with pre-existing conditions — and would open the door to other indefensible, potentially fatal limitations on coverage that I thought we had left behind.

    “I am ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve the Affordable Care Act, but I cannot and will not support this deceptive, dangerous attempt to turn back the clock and deprive Americans of the health care they need and deserve.”

  • Virginia Organizing Responds to House Vote on Health Care

    Richmond, Va—Virginia Organizing Chairperson Ladelle McWhorter responded to the U.S. House of Representatives vote to advance the American Health Care Act:

    “Virginia Organizing is deeply disappointed that the U.S. House of Representatives has voted in favor of radical right wing ideology rather than their constituents’ needs by advancing a disastrous and insulting replacement to the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional leadership has put their own political interests ahead of the lives of millions of Americans. Virginia Organizing will not stand idly by as too many people suffer the consequences of this bill. We are counting on our Senators to bring an end to this nonsense before anyone is harmed.”

  • Virginia AG Mark Herring: “As Virginia families and communities face a devastating heroin and opioid crisis, this horrible bill would decrease coverage for recovery and treatment. Over 1,100 Virginians died of a drug overdose just last year, and any bill that makes it more difficult to address this epidemic and help Virginians get treatment is dangerous and irresponsible.

    “As attorney general I have fought to protect affordable, accessible healthcare in Virginia, and I promise I’ll keep fighting. My hope is that the Senate will see the light and kill this dangerous bill.”

  • Senator Wexton’s Statement on Trumpcare Passage

    LEESBURG, VA – Today, Senator Jennifer Wexton released the following statement on the passage of the GOP Healthcare Bill.

    “The Trumpcare bill that passed the House of Representatives today is a dangerous and cruel attack on the American Health Care system. This plan will deprive millions of Americans of vital health coverage, remove essential benefits from policies, and destroy protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The Republican plan will be a health and financial disaster for millions of American families.

    Representative Comstock has been silent on the bill, and has refused to stand up to her party and stand with the people of the 10th Congressional District. As much as she would prefer to hide, she is responsible for the actions of her party. Since taking office, she has voted six times to fully repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan. True representation requires standing up to her party’s leadership and speaking out on behalf of the nearly 50,000 people who will lose their coverage, and more than 1,000 people who will lose their jobs, in our district.”

  • DPVA Statement on AHCA Vote

    RICHMOND, Va. – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker today released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives’ passage of the American Health Care Act:

    “Today, House Republicans demonstrated their clear disdain for working families in this country who rely on affordable, quality health insurance. Dismantling the Affordable Care Act will jeopardize the health care of 3.4 million Virginians with pre-existing conditions and benefits only a wealthy few.

    “The first version of TrumpCare, which would have left 24 million more people uninsured and provided $600 billion in tax cuts for the very wealthy, had only 17 percent approval from the public. It’s unclear who is more out of touch – the President, who only talks to the wealthy elite, or the House Republicans who voted for this disaster. They’re clearly clueless about what’s in their own bill, or perhaps they just don’t care. Working Virginians deserve a Congress who fights for them. This bill, passed without knowledge of its costs or impacts, must be stopped in the Senate.”

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    Toscano Issues Statement on ACA Repeal

    Virginia House of Delegates Democratic Leader Reacts to ACA Repeal

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (May 4, 2017 4:45 PM) – David J. Toscano (D-57), Democratic Leader of the Virginia House of Delegates, today issued the following statement:

    “In 2009, then-ranking U.S. House Budget Committee Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, in speaking against passage of the Affordable Care Act, stated, “I don’t think we should pass bills that we haven’t read and we don’t know what they cost.” Today, Republicans in the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, did just that. They passed their latest Obamacare repeal, which many have not read and have no idea of its impact, thereby bringing them one step closer to stripping up to 24 million Americans of insurance coverage.

    This bill threatens Americans with pre-existing conditions, will eliminate millions from Medicaid, will boost costs for the poorest Americans and for our hospitals, and will dramatically increase pressures on Virginia’s budget.

    My Republican colleagues in the House of Delegates have consistently argued for repeal; they will now need to explain to their constituents why they stood silent in the face of a measure that will hurt so many and cost so much.”

    -David J. Toscano is the Democratic Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates

  • Video: Sen. Mark Warner: AHCA is “Playing with Peoples’…Lives,” Has “No Chance in the Senate”


  • Rep. Donald McEachin:

    “Today, President Trump and Congressional Republicans continued their unprecedented attack on women’s rights and health. By beginning the process of rolling back the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage policy and passing legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, the Republican leadership has shown a reckless and dangerous disregard for women’s health, and for their right to make deeply personal decisions free from government interference. Worse yet, eliminating these protections will have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable people who already face barriers to health care like low-income, rural, LGBTQ, and communities of color.

    “I am extremely disappointed in my colleagues’ continued failure to respect their fellow Americans’ basic rights and dignity.”