Statement from George Gresham, 1199SEIU President on CBO scoring of the American Health Care Act (AHCA)

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1199SEIU President George Gresham

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives irresponsibly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) without an impact analysis from the Congressional Budget Office and clearly without consideration of the human cost.

Today’s CBO report confirms our worst fears; healthcare coverage will be snatched from 23 million Americans, slashing care for children, seniors, working families and people with disabilities, and denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions like cancer and diabetes, all to give a $600 billion tax cut to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

The AHCA’s changes to Medicaid are historic in scope, with devastating implications for those most in need and for the hospitals, nursing homes, homecare agencies and healthcare workers that serve them.

1199SEIU healthcare workers will continue to fight this “anti-American” Health Care Act, hold accountable the members of Congress who betrayed their constituents by voting for this catastrophic bill and demand that the Senate come out from behind closed doors, and in a transparent process revamp the bill’s entire structure; deep cuts to coverage to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy.”

About George Gresham: George Gresham was elected president in 2007. His leadership has secured the highest standards for healthcare workers in the nation, including fair wages, affordable health benefits, dignified retirement, continuing education, childcare, safe staffing and a real voice on the job. He has also led the union’s growth to over 400,000 members throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida.

About 1199SEIU UNITED HEALTHCARE WORKERS EAST: The Largest Healthcare Union in the Nation. Our mission is to advocate for quality care and good jobs for all!
Since our founding in 1932, our mission has been to stand up for quality healthcare, good jobs and social justice for all. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called 1199 his favorite union and referred to us as “the authentic conscience of the labor movement.” Over the years 1199 has won some of the highest standards for healthcare workers in the country, including good wages and benefits, safe staffing, paid time off, secure retirement, model childcare and education benefits and a real voice work in the workplace. Our members are highly politically engaged and active, so we have the strength to advocate with government and elected officials for our patients, families, and communities.

We are affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) which has over 2 million members and is the largest labor union in North America.

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