RELEASE: MNGOP Chair Carnahan releases statement on the American Health Care Act

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July 7, 2017

CONTACT: Melissa Hamilton
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – July 7, 2017 – MNGOP Chair Carnahan releases statement on the American Health Care Act

In response to a news conference on Wednesday by Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep Keith Ellison in opposition to the proposed health care bill in the U.S. Senate, Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Jennifer Carnahan issued the following statement:

“It’s the height of hypocrisy for the Democrats to give us the failed Obamacare system and then criticize efforts to clean up the mess they themselves created. Until the Republican-controlled legislature successfully acted this year to provide meaningful relief, Minnesotans under Obamacare were facing premium increases of as much as 67 percent. Families, farmers and small business owners were being devastated. Obamacare has been such a disaster that even DFL Governor Dayton said it was “no longer affordable” and Congressman Tim Walz admitted Obamacare is “failing my constituents in a lot of ways.”

With regards to Medicaid, Carnahan continued:

“The U.S. Government Accounting Office ranks Medicaid as a “high risk” program due to the long-term rise in program costs. Clearly, reforms are needed to ensure the people who need the program can continue to be served far into the future. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) will bring about those necessary reforms by giving states flexibility in how Medicaid funds are spent.

The bill would also protect the most vulnerable people who rely on the program, such as disabled individuals and the elderly. Under the AHCA there is no cap on the benefits any individual can receive through Medicaid, and not a single person is kicked out of the program. By blocking reforms the Democrats are jeopardizing the ability of federal and state governments to take care of those who rely on Medicaid.”

 

Further research:

Galen Institute: http://galen.org/2017/house-repeal-and-replace-bill-contains-important-conservative-reforms/

House Energy and Commerce Committee: https://energycommerce.house.gov/news-center/press-releases/house-republicans-announce-updates-strengthen-american-health-care-act

U.S. Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/key_issues/medicaid_financing_access_integrity/issue_summary

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Prepared and Paid for by the Republican Party of Minnesota. Jennifer Carnahan, Chair

Not Authorized By Any Candidate or Candidate’s Committee

2200 East Franklin Ave, Suite 201
Minneapolis, MN 55404

2017-07-07T02:23:19+00:00 July 7, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

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