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July 25, 2017

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on the Senate’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare

"Once again, the Republican-led Senate is moving forward with yet another ill-conceived plan to either repeal or replace Obamacare, bowing to pressure and intimidation from President Trump.

"This latest push is nothing more than political maneuvering by Trump so he can brag that he kept a key campaign promise to abolish the Affordable Care Act. In a July 25 tweet, he said he’s willing to sign a bill to repeal or to repeal and replace, while offering little direction as to what such a bill should contain. This is leadership?

"No one, including Senate Republicans, is really sure how this latest attempt at health care change would impact Americans. Certainly, this haphazard approach is no way to deal with an issue of such importance. According to Congressional Budget Office reports, 17 million people would lose health coverage next year if Obamacare is repealed.

"Any decision on health care will have huge implications for hospitals and patients in New York. Our three state-run, public hospitals in Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Syracuse will be severely impacted if the Senate moves forward with this haphazard approach to health care reform. Our hospitals treat tens of thousands of patients each year, many with little or no health insurance coverage.

"Are there no profiles of courage left in the GOP-led Senate? It is time for Republicans to do what’s right for the American people, not for themselves or the president."

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 37,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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