A sigh of re­lief

Woonsocket Call - - Seniors -

Re­act­ing to the de­feat of the Se­nate’s ‘skinny’ re­peal bill, AARP Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Nancy LeaMond, in a state­ment, called the vote “a vic­tory for Amer­i­cans age 50-plus.”

“The ‘skinny’ bill the Se­nate de­feated would have dra­mat­i­cally in­creased health care costs, caused mil­lions to lose their health cov­er­age, and desta­bi­lized the in­sur­ance mar­ket,” said LeaMond.” She also thanked Collins, McCain and Murkowski, Se­nate Democrats, and in­de­pen­dents who “called, emailed, ral­lied and wrote to ob­ject to this se­ri­ously flawed bill.”

Max Richt­man, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee to Pre­serve So­cial Se­cu­rity, stated, “Sen­a­tors Su­san Collins, Lisa Murkowski and John McCain were un­der ex­treme pres­sure from the White House and their col­leagues to vote with the party in­stead of vot­ing for the Amer­i­can peo­ple. It's im­por­tant to applaud them for stop­ping this train wreck of a health­care bill. We have to won­der, how­ever, why other Sen­a­tors were will­ing to put their con­stituents at risk by cut­ting off their health­care cov­er­age.”

“We urge the ma­jor­ity party to put raw pol­i­tics aside and work with Democrats to im­prove the Af­ford­able Care Act in a way that ben­e­fits mil­lions of Amer­i­can fam­i­lies in both blue states and red states. Let’s move for­ward, not back,” said Richt­man.

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