Pelosi: "Disastrous" GOP Health Care Bill Has Been Condemned By Almost Everybody

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke Thursday morning about the House GOP plan to 'repeal and replace' Obamacare, calling the bill a "disaster" and citing a list of healthcare organizations that oppose it.

Among the bills opponents, she listed: "American Medical Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, AIDS United, the Children's Hospital Association, AARP, the March of Dimes. The list goes on and on and on."

"Trumpcare was never about strengthening the health care of the American people. It was all about a tax break for the wealthiest people in our country," Pelosi added. "They're afraid that the American people will realize that they're destroying health care just because of another tax break to the high end."




REP. NANCY PELOSI: Let me just quote some people. Now, Republicans again are fraudulent claiming the Upton amendment covers Americans with preexisting conditions. It does not. Robert Graboyes is a health care expert at the conservative Mercatus Center -- conservative center -- said the amendment at hand focuses on high-risk pools, but the $8 billion amount is a pittance. Spread over five years, it's a fifth of a pittance. You have the president of the United States say it's more money than we'll ever -- than we need -- doesn't even know what he's talking about.

And then Karen Pollitz, a health care expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation, she said it would cover the costs for only 1 percent of those in the individual market. They're big on 1 percent, whether it's money for the 1 percent or health care for the 1 percent, where we'd like that to be 100 percent.

Under Trumpcare, Americans with preexisting conditions will be pushed off their insurance, segregated into high-risk pools, and they will face soaring costs, worse coverage, and restricted care. It's serious and it's very frightening.

This disastrous bill has been condemned by almost everyone. They have no support. And let me just read you a list of some, and I think you have where we've -- whether you have it there or electronically, but among the list: American Medical Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, AIDS United, the Children's Hospital Association, AARP, the March of Dimes. The list goes on and on and on.

But Trumpcare was never about strengthening the health care of the American people. It was all about a tax break for the wealthiest people in our country.

As I said, the CBO score for the original Trumpcare bill was devastating enough. Forcing a vote without an updated CBO score shows that the Republicans are terrified. They're terrified of the facts of what the CBO report would say.

They're afraid of the truth of what it means to American people, and people are understanding what this means to them. And they're afraid to -- that -- they're afraid that the American people will realize that they're destroying health care just because of another tax break to the high end.

The biggest transfer of wealth -- one of the biggest transfers of wealth in our history, Robin Hood in reverse, the middle class and those who aspire to it to the wealthiest.

Republicans are in a lose-lose situation. They'll lose if they don't bring it up and win it -- and -- and it doesn't win. They really lose if they pass it, because then you can clearly say this is not an intention, this is a decision that they have made and acted upon -- voted upon. And it is not in -- they are deluding themselves into thinking that they can hide the truth or hide from their constituents when they take their votes.

So we welcome them to this great civics class. You can see, since the election, there's been a heightened interest in what goes on in public policy and how it affects people in their personal lives. We look forward to having that debate.

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