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Statement on “Skinny Repeal” of Affordable Care Act to Sen. McCain & Sen. Flake: Vote NO

July 27, 2017

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(Phoenix, AZ) – The following is a statement from Children’s Action Alliance president and CEO, Dana Wolfe Naimark, calling on Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake to vote NO on a health care measure being debated in the U.S. Senate today, known as “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act:

“Children’s Action Alliance calls on Senator McCain and Senator Flake to vote NO on the so-called ‘skinny repeal bill’ that would trigger a conference process in Congress to develop another proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“The skinny repeal would cut corporate taxes and eliminate the mandate for health insurance. The purpose of the bill is to trigger a secretive process where a select group of Republicans would negotiate terms of a more complete bill behind closed doors during August. A proposal that is some mix of the American Health Care Act and the Senate proposals would emerge and receive very limited public review and debate with an up or down vote from Congress with no opportunity for amendments.

“This process goes in the opposite direction of Senator McCain’s clarion call for regular order, which would involve considering proposals in committee in public view with bipartisan participation and public input.

“The skinny repeal bill would exacerbate the instability and affordability problems in the private market that both Senators McCain and Flake say they want to fix. It would cut corporate taxes while threatening to wipe out affordable health care for tens of thousands of children, seniors, people with disabilities, and anyone with a pre-existing condition.

“Every proposal presented so far has punished Arizona and pulled the rug out from Arizonans who count on life-saving AHCCCS/Medicaid coverage. Senators Flake and McCain should vote no on this process bill that would lead to more of the same. Sen. McCain is highly regarded in Congress and his words mean a great deal to his colleagues, to all Arizonans, and to our country. His vote means even more.”

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