9/26/2017 — 

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement after Senate Republicans announced that they will not bring the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill to a vote on the Senate floor after it became apparent that they lacked enough votes to pass it:

“Republicans failed to pass Trumpcare because ultimately, the American people didn’t support it. That widespread opposition was echoed by every major health organization representing patients, doctors, nurses and the health care industry.  All of their proposals were costly, unworkable, and harmful to people of all ages.  Instead of dismantling the ACA and Medicaid and denying people access to affordable health coverage, Republicans should join Democrats in developing workable solutions to strengthen the Affordable Care Act. 

“I urge President Trump to start listening to the American people and working together in a constructive way to strengthen, not sabotage, the Affordable Care Act.

“I support bipartisan solutions to lower prescription drug costs and help stabilize health insurance costs for all.  Instead of sowing more uncertainty and repealing consumer protections, Republicans should start working with Democrats to improve the law and bring down costs.”