May 10, 2017
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East has come out denouncing the health plan passed by Congressional Republicans.
“The Republican plan is about slashing care for children, seniors, working families and people with disabilities at the expense of giving a $600 billion tax cut to corporations and the wealthiest Americans,” said 1199SEIU President George Gresham. “It will cut coverage for millions, hurt the ability of healthcare workers to provide quality care, and kill jobs across the country. Passage of this disastrous bill goes beyond the physical and economic health of Americans, and speaks to the moral health of our nation.”
According to Gresham, this Anti-American Healthcare Act will annihilate healthcare for kids, seniors, working families and people with disabilities, while showering the rich with billions in tax breaks. Healthcare workers are raising alarms that the Republican plan will take away health coverage for 24 million Americans; raise costs for the middle-class and lower-income patients; slash Medicaid for vulnerable children, seniors, working families and people with disabilities; kill hundreds of thousands of jobs and hurt the economy, while handing out billions in tax breaks to insurance CEOs and the rich.
“The kind of healthcare system we have in large part determines the kind of nation we aspire to be. Do we believe that all Americans are connected to and responsible for each other? Or do we abandon our friends, co-workers and neighbors to suffer alone with a chronic disease, heart attack, disability, addiction, cancer scare or car accident and the medical bankruptcy that can result? Healthcare workers will continue to fight this “anti-American” Health Care Act, because we believe that quality affordable healthcare is an inalienable right for all Americans, not just the wealthy few,” said Gresham.