CA Congressmembers’ Betrayal on Tax Vote Will Hit Health Care Hard

A dozen of California's Congressional delegation voted for a decidedly anti-California tax bill.

For immediate release: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

For more information, contact:
Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, 916-870-4782 (cell)

“Disastrous Dozen” of CA Congressmembers Betray Their Constituents with Tax Vote, Harming Healthcare

Vote Will Raise Taxes For Many Californians, Force Major Medicare and Medicaid Cuts, Double-Digit Premium Hikes

  • “Disastrous Dozen” in California’s Republican Delegation (All Except Issa and Rohrabacher) Voted for this “Tax Monstrosity,” Didn’t Defend Constituents, Who Will Face Consequences, Including in their Coverage and Care 
  • To Provide Massive Tax Breaks to Corporations and the Wealthy, Tax Bill Would Raise Taxes for Many in the Middle Class, Limiting Deductions on State and Local Taxes that Disproportionately Impact California Families
  • Tax Bill Would Blow $1.5 Trillion Hole in the Federal Budget, Forcing Immediate and Future Massive Cuts to Medicaid and Medicare
  • Proposal Repeals ACA Individual Mandate With No Replacement, Which Would Raise Health Premiums by Over 10% and Leave 1.7 Million More Uninsured Californians by 2027
  • Tax Bill Sets up “Mother of all Medicaid Battles” for Next Year.

SACRAMENTO, CA — A dozen of California’s Congressional delegation voted for a decidedly anti-California tax bill. One that double-taxes state and local taxes in a way that disproportionately impacts Californians, and would wreak havoc on the state’s health care system, forcing immediate Medicare cuts and double-digit premium increases in the individual insurance market.

“A disastrous dozen of California’s Congressional delegation betrayed their constituents with this tax vote, which will raise many of their taxes and premiums and undermine the health system we all rely on. These Republican members votes have been doubly disastrous to our health care system–hiking private premiums and forcing cuts to public programs like Medicaid and Medicare.” said Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition. “This vote will have profound impacts on the health care and coverage of millions of Californians, raising premiums and increasing the number of uninsured, forcing major immediate cuts to Medicare, and massive cuts to Medi-Cal into the future. The proposed tax bill partially repeals the Affordable Care Act with no replacement, resulting in double-digit health insurance premiums and millions more uninsured Americans, with over 1.7 million just in California. This so-called tax bill is actually a cut to the care and coverage we all rely on. This bill raises many Californians’ taxes on the front end while forcing cuts to our key health services on the back end.”

“We cannot let this tax bill, which blows a $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit, be the excuse to cut and cap Medicaid and Medicare. We now need to prepare for the mother of all Medicaid and Medicare battles, to prevent devastating cuts of tens of billions of dollars a year to the California health system. We now need more than ever to defend Medi-Cal from Congressional cuts that would force reductions in coverage, benefits, and provider reimbursements.”