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Senate Republicans Go Home After Ignoring Responsibility to Stand Up for Health Care

GOP Senators Will Face Constituents Fired Up about Health Care Protections and Kavanaugh When They Head Home

Washington, D.C. – Following Senate Republicans’ decision to head home for August recess after refusing to examine Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s records and refusing to sign onto a resolution introduced by the Democratic Senators to protect health care for Americans with pre-existing conditions, Brad Woodhouse, executive director of Protect Our Care, released the following statement:

“Shame on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and each and every Republican Senator for doing nothing to join their Democratic colleagues in standing up for the 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions from the Trump-GOP lawsuit working its way through the courts right now that could end protections they rely on and all of the other consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act.

“What’s more, Republican Senators — including Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski — are trying to hide critical information about Brett Kavanaugh’s views on health care from the American people. Like President Trump, former President George W. Bush proposed radically reshaping Medicaid by turning it into a block grant program, putting the coverage that millions of Americans rely on in jeopardy. We already know Judge Kavanaugh has criticized previous Supreme Court decisions to protect the Affordable Care Act, but we also deserve to know whether he supported President Bush’s plan to go after Medicaid.

“Senate Republicans may try to sweep their repeal-and-sabotage record under the rug when they go home, but Americans see the giant bullseye the Senate GOP has placed on our health care, and we will be raising our concerns at home.”

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Protect Our Care Praises Senate Democrats for Challenging Republicans to Address Health Care in August

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) a letter urging legislative proposals designed to lower Americans’ health care costs be taken up during August. Protect Our Care Campaign Director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement in response:

“Leader Schumer and Senate Democrats’ focus is precisely where it should be – on health care, the top issue for Americans of all backgrounds. President Trump and Republicans in Congress have carried out a devastating repeal and sabotage campaign from the first day President Trump was sworn into office, punctuated by the Republican Congress passing a tax bill that is now forcing double-digit premium increases. The bills Leader Schumer and Senate Democrats are championing would lower premiums and allow Medicare to negotiate for cheaper drug prices, priorities Republicans couldn’t possibly be against.  However, if Senate Republicans continue to ignore the health care of the American people, they will be doing so at their own peril.”