The Durbin Report: Americans Want Bipartisan Cooperation to Improve Health Care, Not A Repeal That Leaves Millions without Coverage

The Durbin Report
2017-05-05 17:24:29
The Durbin Report: A message from Senator Richard J. Durbin <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenDurbin/Website_head er_3.png> Fellow Illinoisan, Earlier this week, I underwent a low-risk outpatient procedure to correct a common abnormal heart rhythm. Thanks to the great doctors and staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, I was back on my feet the next day. But this experience reminded me that we are all only one diagnosis from needing the best medical care for ourselves and the people we love. Yet House Republicans voted yesterday to repeal health care for millions of Americans � including one million right here in Illinois � in order to pay for huge tax breaks for the wealthy. More concerned with securing a "win" for the President than the welfare of their own constituents, the Republican leadership forced a vote before the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office could assess the economic and human impact of TrumpCare. This unprecedented action tells us this revised repeal plan is worse than the original. Residents of Illinois can expect protection for those with pre-existing conditions to diminish; those between ages 45 and 65 to see dramatic increases in premiums; downstate and inner city hospitals to reduce services and staff; and a return to the life-and-death battles with insurance companies over issues of coverage. The Illinois Congressmen who voted to repeal health care ignored clear warnings from every Illinois medical organization that this will be a disaster for our state. Their vote to take health care away from the people they represent will be front and center when they face their constituents. America is ready for bipartisan cooperation to improve our health care system, not this partisan, chest-thumping attack on our health care from politicians who are lucky enough to have the best health insurance in our nation. I will work with my Senate colleagues to fight this repeal and find commonsense solutions that ensure Americans receive the health coverage they need and deserve. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15307.12816426.9253435.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2ftwi tter.com%2fSenatorDurbin%2fstatus%2f860231750395604992&redir_log=1270382 69691364> Sincerely, Dick Durbin United States Senator

Fellow Illinoisan, 

Earlier this week, I underwent a low-risk outpatient procedure to correct a common abnormal heart rhythm. Thanks to the great doctors and staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, I was back on my feet the next day. But this experience reminded me that we are all only one diagnosis from needing the best medical care for ourselves and the people we love.

Yet House Republicans voted yesterday to repeal health care for millions of Americans – including one million right here in Illinois – in order to pay for huge tax breaks for the wealthy. More concerned with securing a “win” for the President than the welfare of their own constituents, the Republican leadership forced a vote before the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office could assess the economic and human impact of TrumpCare.

This unprecedented action tells us this revised repeal plan is worse than the original. Residents of Illinois can expect protection for those with pre-existing conditions to diminish; those between ages 45 and 65 to see dramatic increases in premiums; downstate and inner city hospitals to reduce services and staff; and a return to the life-and-death battles with insurance companies over issues of coverage.

The Illinois Congressmen who voted to repeal health care ignored clear warnings from every Illinois medical organization that this will be a disaster for our state. Their vote to take health care away from the people they represent will be front and center when they face their constituents.

America is ready for bipartisan cooperation to improve our health care system, not this partisan, chest-thumping attack on our health care from politicians who are lucky enough to have the best health insurance in our nation. I will work with my Senate colleagues to fight this repeal and find commonsense solutions that ensure Americans receive the health coverage they need and deserve.  

Sincerely, 

Dick Durbin
United States Senator

 



 

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