May 24, 2017

Senator Harris on CBO Report: “This Bill is Nothing Short of a Disaster”

WASHINTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office's report on the GOP health care bill:

"Access to quality and affordable health care in America should be a right, not a privilege. This nonpartisan report makes clear that if the Republican health care bill becomes law, middle class families will pay more for health care, costs for seniors will increase, 14 million more Americans will be uninsured next year, and 23 million more Americans uninsured over the next decade. This bill is nothing short of a disaster.

"Instead of working in a bipartisan, transparent way to lower costs and expand coverage, Senate Republicans have chosen to work in secret behind closed doors, out of view from the American people. A public debate over health care is one the American people need and deserve - doctors, patients, advocates, and stakeholders should all have a seat at the table.

"I will continue to urge my Republican colleagues to open up this process, and reject any bill that will raise costs, reduce coverage, or allow discrimination against women, those with pre-existing conditions, and seniors."