CHICAGO – In an attempt to combat Donald Trump’s health care plan that would strip health care from millions of Illinoisans, state Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, is supporting a resolution that opposes Trump’s health care plan and urges Gov. Rauner to publicly take a stand against the radical proposal.
“The plan being pushed by Trump and his Republican allies in Washington, drastically rolls back the progress that has been made to ensure middle class families have access to quality, affordable health insurance,” D’Amico said. “This extreme proposal would strip health-care from millions of citizens, all to give a gigantic tax-break to millionaires and huge corporations.”
D’Amico is sponsoring House Resolution 445, which notes that the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 24 million people would lose their healthcare coverage if the Republican federal proposal is implemented. In addition, the healthcare plan would dramatically slash Medicaid funding by approximately $880 billion over a period of 10 years. In Illinois, such cuts would mean a $40 billion reduction in Medicaid spending over the same period, affecting an estimated one million Illinois residents who currently have coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The Republican health plan would also strip a provision from the Affordable Care Act that prevented insurance companies from denying coverage for a pre-existing condition. D’Amico voted for House Bill 2959 this spring, to preserve this provision in Illinois if the federal changes occur.
“The silence of Governor Rauner, coupled with his recent shift toward extreme-right policymakers, is very concerning,” D’Amico said. “Healthcare for Illinois’ working families should not be slashed to offer corporate welfare.