The following statement is from Michelle Tremillo, executive director of Texas Organizing Project, in response to U.S. House Republicans passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is projected to increase the amount of uninsured Americans by more than 20 million:
“Today’s vote will come back to haunt Republicans in Congress. Neither they nor their constituents know how many people this bill actually insures, nor how much it will cost. This is not how you fix our nation’s health care system; this is how you destroy it and hurt millions in the process.
“Not only will the American Health Care Act (AHCA) increase the cost of insurance for millions of Americans, it will disproportionately impact people of color, those over age 50, and families living on a tight budget. In addition, this bill allows states to strip protections for pre-existing conditions, a life-saving measure for many Texas and American families.
“After passage of this shameful bill in the House, the health and wellbeing of millions now lies with the Senate. We will continue to voice our opposition to this cruel excuse for a health care plan, and urge others to do the same.”
Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Brown communities in Texas’ three largest counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. For more information, visit organizetexas.org.