WYOMING – Word today that House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has put off a vote on the Senate Republican health care bill (AHCA) until after the July 4 was welcome news to Wyoming Democrats.
“The recently unveiled GOP health care legislation makes one thing abundantly clear: John Barrasso and Mike Enzi have little concern for the working men and women of Wyoming. This bill will leave thousands of Wyomingites without health care, cut funding to rural hospitals, and make it harder for folks with pre-existing conditions to get the coverage they need,” read a statement issued by Democratic Party chair Joe M. Barbuto.
On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan agency, predicted that the Republican proposal would result in 22 million more people becoming uninsured by 2026. Combined with a quick run of the numbers which indicated the GOP would not have enough votes for passage, it likely prompted the delay of any vote until after the Senate reconvenes from the holiday recess.
“It’s no wonder that Republican Senators like Enzi and Barrasso chose to draft this bill in secret. Offering major tax cuts to the super wealthy while cutting access and affordability to quality health care for the people who need it the most says a lot about where the GOP’s priorities are, and they are more interested in lining the pockets of millionaires than making America great,” Barbuto added.