Los Angeles LGBT Center Denounces U.S. House Republicans’ Cruel and Un-American Repeal of the Affordable Care Act - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Denounces U.S. House Republicans’ Cruel and Un-American Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

May 4, 2017
Contact: Gil Diaz

In response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Policy and Community Building Dave Garcia issued the following statement:

“If it becomes law, this so-called ‘win’ for Speaker Ryan and President Trump will be a huge loss for the country. Women are among the biggest losers because the bill would not only defund Planned Parenthood—which provides essential health services to women throughout the country—but it also specifies that pregnancies and sexual assault are pre-existing conditions!

“There are many other losers: millions of seniors will be forced to pay an age tax; millions of people with pre-existing conditions, including HIV, will lose coverage because of skyrocketing premiums; and millions of people will lose essential benefits like emergency services, hospitalization, and mental health services. Worst of all, it will leave as many as 24 million Americans with no coverage at all.

“What the bill doesn’t do is fulfill Trump’s hollow promise to address one of the huge healthcare concerns for Americans: the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. So, we will join the AARP, AMA, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Planned Parenthood, and countless other organizations dedicated to protecting the health of Americans. We will do everything in our power to fight this attack on American values and to defeat this bill in the Senate.”

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