Bustos Statement on Updated, Non-Partisan Report Confirming TrumpCare Means Families Pay More for Less Care and Fewer Protections

In Response to the CBO Score, Bustos Releases First in “Hear from the Heartland” Video Series to Share the Real Impact of TrumpCare on People with Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, highlighted the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of TrumpCare and shared how it will impact Illinois’ 17th District through a new, short video series called “Hear from the Heartland.”

“Today’s non-partisan report confirmed what we already know – TrumpCare means that Illinoisans will pay more for less care and fewer protections, especially for people with pre-existing conditions,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “President Trump explicitly promised ‘insurance for everybody,’ but under his law, more than 20 million Americans would lose their health coverage, and a staggering 14 million people would lose their insurance next year.

“To appease the radical Freedom Caucus, President Trump and Washington Republicans threw hardworking Americans under the bus. Under TrumpCare, people with pre-existing conditions will be priced out of the insurance market with nowhere to turn for affordable care. Older Americans will still be stuck with an age tax and charged five times more for basic coverage, just as they approach retirement. And lifetime limits will return – cutting off care when families need it the most.

“But this debate isn’t just about statistics. That’s why in my first ‘Hear from the Heartland’ series, I spoke with Anastasia, whose son Gryphon has cerebral palsy. Children like Gryphon deserve far better than TrumpCare – he didn’t choose to be born with a pre-existing condition, and he shouldn’t suffer because of this disastrous, indefensible bill. It’s time for Republicans and Democrats to work across the aisle to fix what’s broken in health care and bring down health care costs for all Americans.”

KEY FINDINGS FROM THE CBO REPORT

  • 23 million Americans will lose their health coverage – including 14 million in 2018 alone.
  • TrumpCare cuts Medicaid by more than $800 billion, which provides care for the elderly, children and people with disabilities.
    • These cuts jeopardize health care for 1.75 million veterans—nearly 1 in 10—who have Medicaid as a source of coverage.
  • Under TrumpCare, a 64-year-old with an income of $26,500 in the individual market could pay $14,400 more in their premiums each year, depending on where they live.
  • Americans could be forced into ‘bare bones’ insurance policies without the benefits they need—for example, maternity care could add an additional $1,000 to a family’s monthly premium, costing an extra $12,000 per year.
  • Out-of-pocket costs will sky-rocket and Americans with conditions like high blood pressure or asthma could find themselves priced out of the market entirely.

You can watch the first edition of “Hear from the Heartland” by clicking HERE or below:

 

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