Cooper Strongly Opposes Latest Push for Republican Health Care Vote
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) issued the following statement as House Republicans worked toward a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week.
“$23 a month,” Rep. Cooper said. “That’s what the latest Republican amendment would give Americans with pre-existing conditions while their premiums and cost of care may increase by thousands of dollars. If the Republican health care bill is brought to the floor, I will of course vote against it. For Tennesseans who worry about health care, this is urgent because the House could vote on the bill as soon as tomorrow. Tennesseans should take this moment to call their representatives and senators. Tell them they must do everything possible to block the bill and protect our care. Everyone deserves affordable health insurance.”
Today, in exchange for their votes, Rep. Fred Upton and other Republican House members were promised an additional $8 billion toward an already underfunded proposal to establish “high-risk pools.” This is a meager addition for Americans with a pre-existing condition. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the $8 billion addition averages out to $271 per year for those with pre-existing conditions on the non-group market – or $23 per month.
Rep. Cooper is speaking out and available for phone interviews.