Hayden and Lourey respond to US Senate GOP health care “reform”

ST. PAUL, Minn – Minnesota Senate health care committee Ranking Members Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) and Assistant Minority Leader Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) have released the following statements in response to the release of the “Better Care Reconcilation Act”.

“The so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is an affront to Minnesotans who need and deserve health care coverage. This bill drastically cuts health care for the most vulnerable populations in Minnesota in order to provide tax cuts to the most wealthy. This bill will increase premiums for those on the individual market and make it impossible for Minnesota to continue to provide the supports needed by children, families, the elderly, and the disabled. These efforts will be particularly acute in Greater Minnesota. Much like what we saw during the Minnesota Legislative session, this bill was drafted behind closed doors and does not take into account the impact on every day people and the providers who care for them,” Lourey said.

“This bill is an abomination and I now understand why Republican leadership kept it a secret until this point. It puts health care coverage for the elderly, women and vulnerable Americans at risk so that Congress can pass a tax cut for the ultra-wealthy. Earlier this year legislative Republican and Democratic health care leaders wrote to Washington to urge Congress to protect funding and innovation in Minnesota. By all accounts, this bill fails that simple request,” Hayden said.

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Tony Lourey represents District 11, which includes portions of Carlton, Kanabec, Pine and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of the state.

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