June 27, 2017

Contact: Leni Preston, 301-351-9381

Press Statement from Consumer Health First on Senate GOP Delay of Healthcare Vote

Bill will strip coverage from millions and gut Medicaid
Republican leadership of the U.S. Senate delayed a procedural vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), until after the July 4 recess. Leni Preston, president of Consumer Health First, issued the following statement:

“The delay reflects the fact that there is little support for this atrocious bill, but the fight has simply been delayed. This bill would throw millions off of their insurance and destroy Medicaid as we know it. It also includes other damaging provisions, including devastating cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other cuts that will put the health of communities at risk.

“Most cynically, this bill would take money away from Medicaid, which provides care for the most vulnerable Americans, to pay for enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest among us. Members of the public have been calling their senators, and their voices must be heard again and again if we are going to provide equitable access to healthcare for all Americans.”


Consumer Health First is a statewide, non-partisan, grassroots alliance of 100 organizations and more than 1,800 individuals that seeks solutions and advances reforms that promote health equity through access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality health care for all Marylanders. For more information, visit