June 20, 2017

Manchin Meets with West Virginians Opposed to the House Healthcare Bill

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) met with a group of about 50 West Virginians who were in Washington, D.C. to voice their concerns with the House healthcare bill and how it will impact West Virginia.

“I was glad to meet with people representing West Virginia in Washington today to hear more about how the House healthcare bill would affect families across the state,” Senator Manchin said. “West Virginians are making sure that their voices are heard and I thank everyone in our state who reaches out to me on this critical issue – through meetings in the state, phone calls, emails, letters, and even trips to Washington. The House healthcare bill will deliver $661 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans while cutting critically important healthcare services for our country’s most vulnerable. The House bill will cut $834 billion from Medicaid and will significantly reduce the critical subsidies that almost 30,000 West Virginians count on. It will result in 122,500 West Virginians losing their healthcare coverage and reduce healthcare access for thousands more. This is a bad bill for West Virginia, and it was made worse because in the rush to pass it. House Leadership skipped the hard work of writing our laws and put politics ahead of policy.”

“I’m a Navy veteran and live with multiple pre-existing conditions, including late-stage emphysema and diabetes that need expensive treatments. If my wife loses her job, both of us will lose insurance and no one will cover us because of our pre-existing conditions if those protections are taken away,” West Virginia native, Rodney Wilson said.

Click here to read more on how the American Healthcare Act would hurt the people of West Virginia.