FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2017
Senate Version of Trumpcare Would Devastate Communities of Color
Supposedly “Milder” Obamacare Replacement Would Take Coverage from Millions
WASHINGTON – The draft Senate health care bill that surfaced Thursday would be a disaster for Americans of color, health policy experts at The Greenlining Institute said today.
“African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans all had disproportionately high uninsured rates before the Affordable Care Act, and made huge gains under the current law,” said Greenlining Institute Health Policy Director Anthony Galace. “Drastic cuts to Medicaid and cuts to subsidies that help low and moderate income Americans buy coverage would wipe out those gains, for no reason other than to fund a whopping tax cut for the wealthy.”
While the Senate bill appears to alter some of the mechanics of the House-passed American Health Care Act, it would make substantial cuts to the subsidies that help those of limited means buy coverage. States would be allowed to scrap vital consumer protections. Cuts to Medicaid would be slower but more drastic overall.
“It says something that the worst cuts don’t kick in till after the next reelection campaign for these senators,” Galace said. “They know how bad it is. Under Obamacare, the uninsured rate for Asian Americans dropped by half, for African Americans it fell by 8.4 percentage points and for Latinos it dropped by an amazing 11.3 points. Americans of color know exactly what the Senate leaders are doing, and believe me, we will remember.”