[WASHINGTON, DC] – After the Senate approved legislation to begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act in a partisan vote, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) condemned Republican efforts to strip millions of Americans of their healthcare coverage. Senate Republicans rejected a series of amendments proposed by Democrats that would have preserved key protections from the landmark healthcare law, including expanded access and coverage for medically marginalized communities. Instead, they moved forward with a bill that could be used to dismantle the health care system – with no plans to replace it.
“Playing partisan politics with people’s lives is simply unconscionable – particularly when it takes place in the dead of night while they aren’t watching,” Blumenthal said. “Repealing the Affordable Care Act will have catastrophic consequences—ripping away medical treatment from millions of Americans, raising costs, and creating complete chaos in the healthcare market. We must improve this law, but not end it—refine it, but not repeal it.”