Statement: Senate Health Leader’s Reaction to the GOP Advancing their Health Care Bill

July 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D., (D-West Covina) issued the following statement on the recent U.S. Senate vote to advance to floor debate on their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“The health of over 20 million people is at stake. U.S. Republican Senators have just voted to move forward with compromising our nation’s health care. Even though this is a procedural vote, it’s a clear indication that Republicans care more about being punitive than actually being part of a process to make the Affordable Care Act better. It’s unfathomable that the U.S. Senate would advance on such a significant health care proposal without it being heard publicly, let alone receive any feedback, analysis or testimony from doctors, nurses, patients or caregivers. I urge anyone who cares about the future of their health care to continue calling and emailing their representatives. We must use the ACA as a floor to build upon, instead of destroying it completely.”

More than a month ago, Senator Hernandez, chair of the Senate Health Committee, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding the U.S. Republican Senate health care bill be publicly heard before the appropriate policy committees and imploring they look to California for their expertise on health care policy.