(Charleston, WV)– In a report released by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, it is estimated that the GOP health care bill would cost West Virginia 10,000 jobs and a drop of $1 billion in GDP. Congressmen Jenkins, Mooney, and McKinley all voted for the bill.
“Not only are Jenkins, Mooney, and McKinley taking healthcare coverage from at least 200,000 West Virginians, they are also costing West Virginia nearly 10,000 jobs that we cannot afford to lose,” said Belinda Biafore, WVDP Chair. “This health care bill is nothing but a cut in benefits for people like us, and a cut in taxes for the rich. During a time when West Virginia is in such a critical place, we can’t afford for our people to lose their jobs if they are lucky enough to have one and we especially cannot afford to put lives at risk by taking away their health care.”
The report shows that the economy would suffer greatly since the health care industry accounts for over 10 percent of the state’s GDP, and has grown five times faster than the rest of the economy since 2014. Also, six of the state’s top 10 private employers are hospitals and health-care providers.
“West Virginia cannot afford to have any jobs taken from West Virginians who are able to provide for their families, the Republican majority in the legislature has done enough of that already. Lives are at risk here in more ways than one and Jenkins, Mooney, and McKinley will have to answer to that.”