Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) says it’s “appalling” and “stunning” that Republican leaders want to strip more than 500,000 New Jerseyans of their healthcare by repealing the Affordable Care Act.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Itâ€™s stunning that Republicans want to strip health care from more than a half-million New Jerseyans and cost the state about $3 billion a year in federal funds,” Prieto said in a statement today.
“Sadly, though, itâ€™s true, and itâ€™s beyond scary that Republicans are doing so without any viable alternative for those harmed by their reckless politics.”
Last week, after a lengthy debate, the U.S. Senate voted 51-48 to repeal the Affordable Care Act, widely recognized as Obamacare (h/t USA Today).
Both President-elect Donald Trump (R) and Congressional Republicans, who have been outspoken in repealing Obamacare, have come under fire by Democrats across the nation for failing to offer a viable alternative.
â€œI continue to be amazed that we have leaders in our nation who are opposed to people having health insurance. Itâ€™s appalling to me, and a nightmare to those who stand to lose their health care. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s so important that we speak out, and itâ€™s why I laud the advocates standing with me today.”
Prieto continued to stress that the move would cost about 10 percent of New Jersey adults to lose their health insurance, a low-income, working class that is already struggling.
“This isnâ€™t about politics. This is about saving peopleâ€™s lives,” he concluded.
As the Los Angeles Times first reported yesterday, findings from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office indicate that abolishing Obamacare without a replacement would increase insurance premiums by 20 percent and leave 18 million uninsured nationwide.
I continue to be amazed that we have leaders in our nation who are opposed to people having health insurance https://t.co/lcYO6kg38P
â€” Vincent Prieto (@VincentPrieto) January 18, 2017