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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Representing the 1st District of New Hampshire

Shea-Porter Statement on Revised Senate Health Care Repeal Bill

July 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement after Senate Republicans released their latest health care repeal bill, which includes the “Cruz amendment” to further weaken coverage of essential medical services:

“The latest changes to the Senate health care repeal bill would make a heartless plan even more extreme. The Cruz amendment would allow insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and to push bare-bones plans, bringing us back to the days when Americans experiencing a health crisis too often found out that care wasn’t covered in the moment that they needed it most. New Hampshire families don’t want to face impossible decisions between lifesaving procedures and crippling debt. They don’t want insurance that covers less, and higher deductibles that force them to pay more out-of-pocket. And Granite Staters won’t be fooled by this bill’s bait-and-switch approach to the opioid crisis, which woefully fails to justify taking coverage from millions who are struggling with substance use disorder. In fact, the Senate bill would send our communities backward in their fight against the heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid crisis, kicking millions off Medicaid and private insurance while allowing insurance companies to weaken or eliminate coverage of behavioral health and substance use treatment.”