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GOP Plan Will ‘Rip Healthcare Away From Millions Of Americans,’ Democrats Say

Democrats moved quickly to criticize the Republicans' health care plan, saying it benefits the rich as well as insurance companies while hurting the middle-class.

The Hill: Schumer Promises Dems Will Try To Defeat 'Trumpcare'
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday slammed the GOP’s replacement plans for Obamacare, saying Democrats will work to defeat the bills. “This bill is a giveaway to the wealthy and insurance companies at the expense of American families, and Senate Democrats will work hard to see that it is defeated,” Schumer said in a statement. Republicans rolled out two measures on Monday to repeal and replace the healthcare legislation, a signature campaign promise of President Trump. (Shelbourne, 3/6)

Kaiser Health News: House GOP Health Bill Jettisons Insurance Mandate, Much Of Medicaid Expansion
Democrats quickly condemned the bill. “Tonight, Republicans revealed a Make America Sick Again bill that hands billionaires a massive new tax break while shifting huge costs and burdens onto working families across American,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted. “Republican will force tens of millions of families to pay more for worse coverage — and push millions of Americans off of health coverage entirely.” (Carey and Galewitz, 3/6)

NPR: Obamacare Changes Emerge In House Repeal And Replace Bill
Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Richard Neal, D-Mass., the ranking Democrats on the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committee issued a joint statement saying the bill would "rip healthcare away from millions of Americans, ration care for working families and put insurance companies back in charge." (Kodjak and Neel, 3/6)

Sacramento Bee: Republican Plan To Repeal Obamacare Alarms California Democrats 
Long-awaited legislation announced Monday night to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act immediately raised cries of dismay among Democratic legislators and consumer health advocates in California. House Republicans in Washington, D.C., called it a necessary fix. The bill, part of President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to dump Obamacare, sparked fears from some that millions of Americans will lose health coverage. (Pugh, Daugherty, Buck and Caiola, 3/6)

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