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Washington, March 13, 2017 | comments
Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) made the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found the Republican healthcare repeal bill would result in 14 million fewer Americans having health care coverage in 2018, with a total of 24 million Americans losing coverage by 2026. At the same time, those with coverage would see higher out-of-pocket costs, including higher deductibles and premium increases of 15-20 percent. The bill also would cut $880 billion from Medicaid, gutting the program that 70 million low-income Americans depend on for care, including seniors and individuals with disabilities.

"The score from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office confirms our worst fears. The Republicans' 'Don't Care' health plan means fewer Americans with access to lifesaving care, doubling the uninsured rate across the country, and raising deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. This legislation is terrible for those in their golden years, our seniors.  And most distressing is how this bill treats the poor and the disabled of our society," said Crist. "The Gospel of Matthew teaches us that we will be judged by how we treat the 'least of these.' But this bill treats the least among us in the most inhumane way possible. At some point, its authors and supporters will have to answer to a higher power as to why they did this, with no acceptable defense.

"It's time for Republicans to go back to the drawing board and put people over politics. We need to work together to strengthen healthcare, not tear it apart to simply fulfill a campaign promise."
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