March 28, 2017 DPVA Blog · News & Press Releases · Press Releases and Announcements

DPVA Statement on Failed Trumpcare Effort

by Katie Baker

RICHMOND, Va. - Democratic Party Chairwoman Susan Swecker today issued the following statement in response to President Trump's failed effort to repeal President Obama's signature health care law:

"Twenty million Americans gained access to coverage thanks to Obamacare, but 24 million stood to lose it under Trumpcare. Donald Trump's health care bill would have defunded Planned Parenthood, threatened mental health and opioid abuse services, and forced Virginia seniors to pay more for their care. Those provisions were so acutely unpopular that despite claiming majorities in both chambers of Congress, Republicans couldn't pass this bill.

"With a stroke of his pen, President Obama made the Affordable Care Act the law of the land seven years ago yesterday. Today, Paul Ryan affirmed that its status as such will remain. That is no small victory, and I thank every Virginian who helped us resist. We are the party of hardworking people fighting for hardworking people - and we fought hard to preserve health care for all Virginians today."