‘The potential to hurt millions’: Mayor Bowser slams AHCA
WASHINGTON, D.C. — DC’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, spoke out today in a statement against the re-introduced American Health Care Act that has passed the House of Representatives and will go on to Congress.
The bill, which was created to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), has been changed and streamlined after it failed to get enough support to be voted on back in March.
AHCA is known colloquially as “Trumpcare” or “Ryancare”. It would strip many of the provisions provided by Obamacare, such as protections for people with preexisting conditions.
“Today, Republicans in the House of Representatives passed legislation that has the potential to hurt millions of Americans by taking away their health care coverage,” stated Bowser. “While we don’t know the full estimated impact nationally, nor does Congress, the current proposal will either eliminate or reduce coverage for an estimated 90,000 District residents.”
Bowser went on to state that the preexisting conditions provisions prevent insurance companies from charging women higher rates than men, and ensure that babies who are born with illnesses can still get health coverage.
“In Washington, DC, we uphold the belief that access to safe and affordable health care is not a luxury, it is a necessity,” stated Bowser. “I will continue fighting to ensure that all Washingtonians have access to the health care they need and deserve.”