Statement: Chair Belinda Biafore on Republican Senate’s Health Care Repeal

Bridget McGuire Press Releases

For Immediate Release:

June 22, 2017

Brittni McGuire,, 304-342-6606

WVDP Chair Belinda Biafore released the following statement on the GOP health care repeal: 

The Republican Senate’s version of the health care repeal is downright inhumane. It attacks the most vulnerable citizens while giving a huge tax break to the wealthy. That’s all there is to it. This bill is just as cruel as the House GOP’s version that Jenkins, Mooney and McKinley all voted for.

It risks the lives of medically critical seniors, children, and low income families. We all know that Shelley Moore Capito has lied to West Virginians about this bill and her support for it time and time again, but we have to keep calling, keep reminding her what West Virginians value, and show her who she is taking health care from.


We all know what we lose when those who need critical lifesaving treatment are denied. Make no mistake, Shelley Moore Capito will be the one who puts the lives of our loved ones right where she values them– beneath her feet.”


Senate Health Care Bill

·         The Republican Senate’s version of health care repeal is just as cruel as the House GOP’s version. It kicks millions of Americans off of their health care, raises out-of-pocket costs and reduces the quality of coverage, all in order to give tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations.


·         The bill is going to hurt people with pre-existing conditions. The bill will allow insurers to offer watered down plans by allowing states to opt out of providing essential health benefits

o    Essential health benefits cover services like maternity care, substance abuse treatment and mental health care.


·         Millions of people are going to lose coverage. The bill ends ACA’s Medicaid expansion and makes even deeper program cuts than the House version.  

o    This will devastate rural and low-income Americans, the elderly and people with disabilities.


·         The bill will hurt the middle class.  The Republican bill will reduce subsidies and tax credits that currently help working Americans afford their premiums.


·         People’s deductibles and co-pays will go up.  The Republican bill will provide people with skimpier plans with fewer protections.

o    This will cause many people to pay more out of pocket for less coverage.


·         The consequences for women’s health are flat out dangerous. It cuts funding for essential health services for women and could leave pregnant women without the guarantee of maternity coverage.


·         This is all a big tax cut for the rich. The Republican bill gives billions in tax breaks to the wealthy and special interests, including health insurance companies that pay their CEOs over $500,000.


·         Democrats will continue fighting to protect health care for all Americans while Republicans continue to play politics with people’s lives. Senate Democrats have long stood ready to work with their Republican counterparts to improve our health care system and cover more people, not less.


·         Polling shows that the vast majority of voters believe the Republicans took the wrong approach in hiding their health care plan.  In addition, clear majorities of Trump voters in states like West Virginia, Alaska, and Nevada have a problem with Senate Republicans’ lack of transparency.  Here’s a breakdown of the percentage of Trump voters in those states who are concerned with the way Republicans are rushing their secret bill through the Senate:

o    West Virginia: 68%

o    Alaska: 57%

o    Nevada: 55%