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Rep. John Lewis Condemns TrumpCare Bill As Despicable

May 4, 2017
Press Release

“Today we are facing a crossroads in the history of this nation.  One day our children and our children’s children may turn to us and ask, “Which side were you on?”  In the aftermath of this vote, members of the House will have to look their constituents, their friends, their family and even their children in the eyes and tell them the painful truth.

“The House Republican bill, H.R. 1628, does not rescue health care.  It is an attack on the poor, the sick, the elderly and the disabled. It punishes hard-working women and men, and it uses their resources collected in the federal Treasury as a pipeline to line the pockets of big business and the wealthiest people in the world.

“Never ever in my years in the U.S. House of Representatives have I seen such a betrayal of the public trust.  Never have I seen legislative action that reveals such clear disdain for the human dignity of the most vulnerable among us.  Never have I ever seen such a willingness to disregard what is right in favor of what is so wrong.

“People from all around the country begged their elected representatives to vote against this despicable bill.  Instead, my colleagues chose to serve themselves and their rich friends and leave the rest of us to fend for ourselves.  H.R. 1628 proves this White House ushered in a government of the rich, by the rich, for big business, and people will pay with their lives for it. 

“If this bill becomes law, at least 24 million Americans who can see their doctors today will be turned away tomorrow.  Those who are sick will suffer, and some of them will die.  People with pre-existing conditions will have premiums so high most will not be able to afford care, and any state can deny healthcare to their citizens at any time.

“This is a shame and a disgrace.  May God have mercy on us all.”