Hastings’ Statement on Latest TrumpCare Defeat
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement following the collapse of TrumpCare in the Senate:
“The reason that TrumpCare keeps falling apart is because it is cruel. It is simply not realistic to gut programs like Medicaid or end the essential health benefits that tens of millions of people rely upon. TrumpCare puts partisan grandstanding ahead of realistic reforms.
“Even after this failure, Congressional Republicans briefly went back to the ‘repeal-only’ approach that would strip healthcare coverage from 32 million people. Given that they have spent the last seven years trashing the Affordable Care Act, it is baffling to me that those pushing repeal haven’t learned a thing. Just hours after announcing this new strategy, the ‘repeal-only’ approach has already fallen apart.
“There is no question that improvements to healthcare need to be made. Reforms can be enacted in a matter of weeks, if not days. But when bipartisanship is used as a threat, as Senate Majority Leader McConnell has done in the past, it underscores how the Republican Party isn’t interested in working across the aisle even as people are asking for help.
“Democrats won’t let the Republican Party destroy healthcare, but we will work together to improve the system. Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell should work with both Democrats and Republicans to draft a bill that works for all Americans.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.