Wednesday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and fellow Democrats to hold a press conference to discuss Republican attempts to dismantle Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the Affordable Care Act. The press conference was held following Senate and House Democrats’ meeting with President Barack Obama.
when they can least afford it. She urged Republicans to step back from the brink before it’s too late and agree to work across the aisle to make the health care system work better for all families.
“…three days after his election, President-elect Trump even said he’d deliver better health care for ‘much less money.’ Well, President-elect Trump might be able to make that kind of promise from his tower – but workers and families can’t take it to the bank.”
Murray continued, “Studies show that if Republicans in Congress rush to dismantle our health care system, people across the country will pay more. Premiums will skyrocket. Prescription drug costs will increase. Out of pocket costs will rise…If Republicans think causing chaos in our health care system, heightening economic uncertainty, and burdening seniors and families with higher health care costs somehow makes our country stronger, they’ve got another thing coming.”
Murray added, “All that will do is make America sick again – and it shouldn’t have to be said, but that’s the wrong direction for families and for our economy.”
Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act ensure that over 100 million Americans have access to health care. In Washington state, the Affordable Care Act has enabled 600,000 lower-income residents to get insurance through Medicaid.