June 26, 2017

Manchin Statement on Congressional Budget Office Score of the Republican Healthcare Bill

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the Republican Healthcare bill. 

“In early May, the House of Representatives passed a healthcare bill that President Trump said had no heart and now Senate Republicans have proposed a bill that has no soul. Republicans wrote this bill behind closed doors, without input from their constituents, Democrats and even from members of their own party. Just like the House repeal bill, this Republican healthcare legislation is a bad deal for West Virginians. According to the CBO score, 15 million fewer Americans will be insured just next year and 22 million by 2026. Medicaid will be cut by $772 billion in order to give a $563 billion tax break to our country’s wealthiest, including 11,000 of the wealthiest West Virginians without doing anything for the other 920,000 taxpayers. It also raises costs for seniors and threatens access to critical services for those with pre-existing conditions, including those who desperately need substance abuse treatment. I have said from the beginning that I want to be a partner in making healthcare more affordable and accessible for our state. I stand ready to work with anyone to do that, but this bill makes things worse not better, and I cannot support it.”