Senator Murray: ACA repeal is ‘headed straight to a dead-end’ in Senate

The proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act won’t get a welcome reception in the U.S. Senate, Senator Patty Murray said Thursday.

Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate health committee, rebuked House Republicans for passing legislation that she said would force people with pre-existing conditions to pay more for care, kicks tens of millions of people off coverage, raise health care costs and “create chaos” in the nation’s health care system.

The bill, which passed 217-213 on Thursday, now moves to the Senate.

Murray promised to fight the legislation every step of the way.

“I’m appalled by the action taken today in the House to jam Trumpcare through, regardless of the extraordinary harm it would do to patients and families,” Murray said.

“House Republicans just voted for an even worse version of the same Trumpcare bill that people across the country rejected only weeks ago. They voted to raise premiums and undo protections for people with pre-existing conditions, take coverage away from tens of millions of people, end Medicaid as we know it, cut off access to critical health care services at Planned Parenthood, and more — all while giving insurance companies and the very wealthy massive tax breaks.

“They may think they delivered a political win for President Trump today, but let’s be clear: Trumpcare is headed straight to a dead-end here in the Senate, because women and families nationwide are going to fight back harder than ever against this disastrous bill and Democrats are going to be standing with them every step of the way,” Murray said.

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