Mayor Hodges Calls on Republican Leaders in Congress to Place Hold on ACA Repeal

March 8, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Mayor Hodges released the following statement this afternoon:

“It is immoral that anyone in America would be without affordable access to healthcare, which along with food, water, and shelter, is the most basic of human rights. It is beyond imagination that Republicans would actually take healthcare away from people who got it through the Affordable Care Act.

“Because cities will feel the greatest impact from any repeal or replacement of the ACA, a couple weeks ago, I signed a letter along with more than 80 other mayors from around the country (http://www.usmayors.org/mayors-stand-for-all/health-care) to ask Congress to proceed very carefully with replacing the ACA, and to ensure that the ACA’s most important provisions be retained. Instead, the Republican Congress is proposing to ram through a bill with potentially devastating consequences to our cities and our people. Few understand all the impacts it might have, and no one knows how much it would cost or whom it will — or won’t — cover, because it hasn’t even been reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office.

“Moving forward without a CBO score is unacceptable and wrong. The American people have a right to know every way in which this bill will affect their health and their wallets. Mayors have a right to know how it will affect our cities that are on the front line of Trump’s attacks. I call on House Republican leadership to place a hold on this bill until it has been fully scored and the American people know everything there is to know about how it will hurt them.”

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Published Mar 8, 2017

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