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Democratic candidates unite against Trumpcare. Will Republicans follow?

Hartford, Ct. – Recognizing that the Senate GOP’s health care bill would have disastrous effects on the state of Connecticut and present major problems for the next governor, the Democrats running for governor and exploring a candidacy for statewide office today came together as a united front in opposition to the proposal, and they are asking every Republican in the race to do the same. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signed by Dan Drew, Joe Ganim, Jonathan Harris, Kevin Lembo, and Chris Mattei, Democrats point out that the current Trumpcare bill is more than just a federal issue and would cause major harm to the state of Connecticut.

“As you may know, Connecticut has embraced the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the success has been dramatic,” they wrote. “Our uninsured rate stands at just 3.8%, and 724,000 residents have gained access to quality health insurance — including 217,000 people served by the Medicaid expansion. If the BCRA were to become law, this progress would be in peril, and state leaders would face a stark choice: allow hundreds of thousands of constituents to lose access to health coverage or go it alone and find a way to insure our most vulnerable residents within the state budget.” 

They went on to note that according to estimates from Harvard and the Center for American Progress, between 219 and 265 Connecticut residents would die under this Trumpcare proposal and that the lack of funding to combat the opioid epidemic would have major consequences at the state level.

Democrats are asking all GOP candidates to join them in signing the letter to present a bipartisan show of opposition to the Senate Republican bill.

“Whether it’s today or next week, if this Trumpcare bill passes and the Senate GOP achieves their core mission of enacting the largest transfer of wealth in our country’s history to the detriment of hardworking Americans, it will have wide-ranging effects on the state of Connecticut, putting coverage for the 724,000 people who gained access to health care under the Affordable Care Act at risk,” said Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto. “Democrats running for governor or exploring a campaign for statewide office have made their position on this bill abundantly clear, but nearly every GOP candidate has been silent. That’s why we’re asking our Republican friends to show Connecticut residents where they stand and join Democrats in fighting to preserve access to health care for Connecticut families. This should be a no-brainer, and they should all sign on to this letter.”

The full letter is available here.

22 MILLION WOULD LOSE INSURANCE: CT Dems’ Statement On CBO Trumpcare Score

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement.

“This Trumpcare bill is an absolute disaster, and it needs to be stopped. There is no excuse for passing a bill that would strip health insurance from millions of working people, children, people facing addictions, seniors, and middle class families — all to give a massive tax cut to the wealthiest 1%.

“In Connecticut, health care access for 724,000 people who have gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act — including 217,000 who benefited from the Medicaid expansion — is now threatened. This is not just a federal issue, this is an issue of fairness and decency that directly affects our state. Leaders must stand up when their state and their constituents are faced with this type of crisis, yet we have yet to see GOP gubernatorial candidates Mark Boughton, Tim Herbst, Mark Lauretti, Dave Walker, or Prasad Srinivasan raise their voices on this matter.

“Put simply, Democrats will stand up for health care as a right, not a privilege while Republicans will put party over the wellbeing of Connecticut residents.”

CT Dems Highlight GOP Gubernatorial Candidates’ Silence On Trumpcare

Hartford, Ct. – In a digital ad launched today, the Connecticut Democratic Party is calling out GOP gubernatorial candidates for failing to take a stand against the Senate GOP’s Trumpcare bill that would affect the care of the more than 724,000 Connecticut residents who have gained access thanks to the Affordable Care Act. As it currently stands, Connecticut’s uninsured rate is 3.8%, among the lowest in the nation, and the Senate GOP’s Affordable Care Act repeal bill would harm some of the most vulnerable people in the state. To date, not one GOP gubernatorial candidate has even expressed concern about the bill, while the Connecticut Republican Party is actively promoting it.

Here is the CT Dems’ ad:

“If this horrendous Trumpcare bill passes, it will be a fundamental issue that the next Governor will have to face during their term,” said Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto. “People are worried about the future of their care, and every Democrat running for governor will stand up and work to protect the coverage of the thousands of residents who would be affected. Yet not one GOP candidate has even acknowledged that this cruel and heartless bill would be detrimental to the everyday lives of Connecticut residents. The lives of Connecticut residents are literally at risk, and make no mistake, the manner in which healthcare is provided by the state is being impacted by this legislation. That is why we need leadership from those who aspire to govern our state, and voters will hear each and every day about the failure to speak up if each of these Republicans continue to lead from behind.”

CT Dems’ Statement On Senate GOP Health Care Bill

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement.

“This bill is an unmitigated disaster for Connecticut, and Connecticut Republicans know it. It is unprecedented in my lifetime that legislation impacting fully one sixth of the U.S. economy is negotiated in secret by 12 Republican men, but now it’s clear why: the GOP is ashamed of this bill, as they should be. It is shameful to strip Medicaid from millions of people — including thousands in Connecticut — just to pay for a massive tax cut for the wealthy. It is shameful to defund Planned Parenthood’s lifesaving women’s health services. And it is shameful to undermine basic protections for people with preexisting conditions.

“We should work to improve on the progress we have made under the Affordable Care Act, and I call on my Connecticut Republican friends to join Democrats in opposing this backwards legislation.”

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