Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Passage of the American Health Care Act

“Shame on the President and House Republicans for once again putting profits and tax breaks for a wealthy few over the health of millions of Americans. Instead of receiving more affordable and accessible healthcare, Americans across the country will now face spiking premiums and reduced overall coverage. This hastily drafted, toxic legislation will destroy healthcare equality, forcing thousands of families to bear the costs of pre-existing conditions and exacerbating the financial burden of healthcare on low and middle-income families. This bill would also slash Medicaid – a popular, effective program that provides health coverage for millions of Americans – to pay for massive tax cuts for the wealthy. Despite the Trump administration’s repeated attempts to damage the sanctity of our healthcare system, here in New York City, the Council will continue to work on behalf of all New Yorkers to make sure that they can receive access to the healthcare they need, regardless of their health conditions.”

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