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PRESS CALL: Congressman Pat Ryan, New York Veterans to Discuss New Report on How the Republican Default Plan Threatens Veterans’ Health Care

By May 18, 2023No Comments

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House Republicans Continue To Double Down on Their Efforts to Rip Away Lifesaving Care

New York, NY — Today, at 11:30 AM EST, U.S. Representative Pat Ryan (NY-18) will join Protect Our Care New York and executive director of The Hudson Valley National Center for Veteran Reintegration Kevin Keaveny to discuss House Republicans’ “Default on America Act,” legislation, and its impact on health care for millions of veterans across the country. 

Today, Protect Our Care unveiled a new report detailing exactly how veteran’s health care would be impacted if the Republican Default on America Act were to become law. The report found that under the GOP bill, millions of veterans, including the 225,400 who receive their health care services in New York, would face: 

  • An over-22 percent slash to health care funding
  • 30 million fewer outpatient visits
  • 81,000 jobs lost across the Veterans Health Administration
  • A backlog of 134,000 claims
  • $565 million in cuts earmarked for major construction projects, including critical upgrades to clinics and hospitals

Speakers will discuss the report, and how the Republican plan would gut resources for the Veterans Administration and disproportionately harm veterans of color, disabled veterans, low-income veterans, and veterans facing homelessness in New York and across the United States.

Speakers will also discuss proposed cuts to Medicaid and other vital services, including mental health and substance use treatment, maternal care, cancer research and more.  


U.S. Representative Pat Ryan (NY-18)
Kevin Keaveny, Hudson Valley National Center for Reintegration
Nate Jackson, Protect Our Care New York

WHAT: Virtual Press Conference

WHEN: Thursday, May 18 at 11:30 AM EST

WHERE: Register to join the Zoom event (Registration required)