California Congressmembers to Vote Thursday on Tax Bill That Would be a “Triple Hit” To Californians and Our Health Care

California Congressmembers are expected to vote Thursday on a decidedly anti-California tax bill, which in order to provide a tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy, would raise taxes for many middle-income families, and force future cuts to key health care programs and other core services.
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For immediate release: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

For more information, contact:
Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, 916-870-4782 (cell)
Rachel Linn Gish, communications director, Health Access California, 916-532-2128 (cell)

California Congressmembers to Vote Thursday on Tax Bill That Would be a “Triple Hit” To Californians and Our Health Care

  • In Order to Provide Massive Tax Breaks to Corporations and the Wealthy, House Tax Bill Would Hit Californians and Our Health Care Hard
  • >House Tax Bill Would Limit and Eliminate Medical Expense, Mortgage, State & Local Tax Deductions–Raising Taxes on the Sick & Many in Middle Class
  • Tax Bill Would Blow Open a $1.5 Trillion Hole in the Federal Budget–Forcing Massive Cuts in Medicaid and Medicare 
  • Senate Version Now Includes Repeal of ACA Individual Mandate Thus Raising Health Premiums by Over 10% and Leaving Over 12 Million More Uninsured 
  • CA’s 14 GOP Congressmembers Have Mostly So Far Supported Bill Despite California’s Disproportionate Hit with Higher Taxes & Steep Cuts to Services

SACRAMENTO, CA–California Congressmembers are expected to vote Thursday on a decidedly anti-California tax bill, which in order to provide a tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy, would raise taxes for many middle-income families, and force future cuts to key health care programs and other core services. If passed, it would be merged with the Senate bill that is in many ways worse, totally eliminating state and local tax deductions, and now including a repeal of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate that would raise health insurance premiums and lead to millions more uninsured Americans.

The proposal would blow a $1.5 trillion hole in the federal budget, and likely force cuts to Medicare and especially Medicaid, a program that California relies on to cover 14 million residents–a third of the state, half of all children, and two-thirds of all nursing home residents. Such a cut is a magnitude twice the size of the ACA repeal proposals that House GOP members voted for just a few months ago. On top of that, the budget slashes other vital services to low- and moderate-income families, from school lunches to Pell grants.

“In order to pay for a giveaway to corporations and the wealthiest, this tax bill is decidedly anti-California, disproportionately raising taxes on many middle class families by limiting or eliminating key deductions, including double-taxing state and local taxes. Along with the health repeal and rollback votes earlier this year, this tax bill is another test of whether our California Congressmembers really represent their region or if they will put their party before the people they vowed to serve,” said Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition.

“This tax bill is actually another health repeal bill in disguise, a triple hit to Californians’ care and coverage–the bill taxes the sick, forces massive cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, and the final product would likely raise premiums and leave millions more Americans uninsured,” said Wright. “The bill would remove many deductions that middle-class families depend on, including the medical expense deductions that is so crucial for patients with chronic conditions and seniors in nursing homes. The bill blows a $1.5 trillion hole in the federal budget, exactly the amount the Congressional leadership proposes to cut Medicaid and Medicare by. The Senate tax bill now includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate, which will lead to premiums spikes of 10% or more, and over 12 million Americans losing coverage. This so-called tax bill is actually a cut to the care and coverage we all rely on.”

“While most of the Republicans from New York and New Jersey have criticized if not outright opposed this bill, California Republicans have been strangely silent even though this disproportionately hurts their constituents. No California Congressmember has any business voting for such a bill that hits Californians so hard on both the front end with additional taxes for many and on the back end with forced cuts and increased premiums,” concluded Wright.

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