DPG Press Release: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Atlanta, GA – Today, Georgia’s Republican Congressional Delegation voted to strip health care from 24 million Americans to pay for a $600 billion tax cut for millionaires and billionaires. If Trumpcare becomes law, seniors will be saddled with higher premiums. Further, 4,316,000 Georgians with pre-existing conditions—including those with cancer, children with disabilities, and those who are pregnant—will at best see higher premiums and at worst complete loss of health care coverage. Democratic Party of Georgia Chair DuBose Porter issued the following statement.
“This is abominable, and I cannot comprehend how these nine men will sleep at night knowing they just tipped the delicate scales of life and death matters. Obamacare saved the lives of millions, improved the quality of life for millions more, and gave families the peace-of-mind that comes with having access to affordable health care. The GOP should know that this is not the end, it’s only the beginning. They will be held accountable.” – DuBose Porter, Democratic Party of Georgia Chair
The bill is so dangerous that GOP legislators even exempted themselves.
Trumpcare’s impact on Georgians with pre-existing conditions is catastrophic. The Center for American Progress has calculated the number of Georgians with pre-existing conditions by Congressional District. All nine Georgia GOP Congressmen voted in favor of putting these Georgians at risk:
Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-1) – 306,701
Drew Ferguson, IV (GA-3) – 299,400
Rob Woodall (GA-7) – 355,000
Austin Scott (GA-8) – 284,600
Doug Collins (GA-9) – 292,100
Jody B. Hice (GA-10) – 302,600
Barry Loudermilk (GA-11) – 328,200
Rick W. Allen (GA-12) – 293,200
Tom Graves (GA-14) – 285,700
Before Obamacare, insurance companies had license to deny coverage or charge higher premiums by defining pregnancy, sexual assault, drug addiction, cancer, diabetes, asthma and much more as pre-existing conditions.
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