TOP statement on House tax bill that guts healthcare for working families to give tax breaks to the wealthy
Today, the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means released its tax bill that will cut Medicaid and Medicare to pay for massive tax cuts for the very wealthy and big corporations. The following is a statement by Brianna Brown, deputy director of the Texas Organizing Project:
“Here we go again. Republicans are yet again trying to make the rich richer on the backs of our elderly, disabled and poor. It is morally and fiscally abhorrent.
“All year, we have joined other hardworking American families and fought Republican proposals that would gut our healthcare by repealing the Affordable Care Act and dismantling Medicaid while at the same time giving big tax breaks to the rich, insurers, and the prescription drug companies. So far, we have prevailed. But like so many horror movie villains, Republicans keep resuscitating this healthcare monster with the despicable goal to slash healthcare for working families, especially people of color, to pay for tax breaks for the wealthiest in our country.
“This bill would give more than a $1 trillion in tax breaks to the rich and corporations while making life-saving healthcare services and medications unaffordable and unattainable for the rest of us. That’s why we’re calling on the Texas Congressional delegation to reject this twisted legislation. It’s far past time for them to listen to their constituents and focus on: reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), stabilizing healthcare markets, and working toward solutions to expand access to affordable healthcare, as TOP believes healthcare is a fundamental human right. ”
Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Latino communities in Harris, Dallas and Bexar 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.