Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) called the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “reckless” and “mean-spirited” Monday following the Congressional Budget Office’s much-anticipated report that said the proposed health care bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would leave 14 million people without health insurance next year.
The number of uninsured would rise to 24 million by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office study.
Murray, Washington state’s senior senator, is ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
She released the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office issued its score of the House Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act:
“Today’s report is just as terrible as Republicans knew it would be — and it’s also a broken promise to every patient and family who listened when President Trump and Republicans said that their reckless, mean-spirited bill would somehow provide better coverage — for everyone — at lower cost.
“It’s astounding that any elected official could support an effort to throw tens of millions of people off of coverage, spike premiums, gut Medicaid, target seniors for higher health care costs, and throw our health care system into chaos — not to mention what this bill would mean for women’s access to health care at Planned Parenthood.
“The facts are in, and Democrats will make sure Republicans can’t hide from them,” Murray said.