STATEMENT BY SEIU SECRETARY-TREASURER ANNA BURGER ON THE BUDGET VOTE IN CONGRESS TO ELIMINATE HEALTH COVERAGE
“Today Congress approved devastating Medicaid cuts to fund $60 billion in tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans – a disgraceful display of lawmakers’ wrongheaded priorities.
“These cuts clearly do not reflect the values of millions of American voters concerned about ever increasing health care bills.
“This harmful budget bill will take coverage away from thousands of seniors and children who will be forced to go without needed care. Restricting care for our most vulnerable residents will ultimately mean higher costs for families with private insurance, making our health care crisis even worse.
“Congress faced a simple choice today. But instead of getting results for working people on the most critical economic issue facing average Americans, Congress has done the unconscionable – passing a bill that eliminates health coverage for kids and seniors to line the pockets of the very rich.”