Thanks to you and thousands of other concerned Ohioans, Senator Rob Portman joined Senator Sherrod Brown in opposing the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, or the Senate version of “Trumpcare.”
While Sen. Brown has been leading the charge against any healthcare reform that cuts even a single Ohioan off of their healthcare plan, Sen. Portman said in his statement, “I cannot support it in its current form.”
We must be clear about this “Healthcare Bill.” It is not a bill about improving healthcare for working people, but rather it is the largest redistribution of wealth of any single bill in recent history. President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Majority Leader Paul Ryan are dead set on cutting healthcare for seniors, the working poor and those with preexisting conditions in order to give a major tax break to the super wealthy. As CNN wrote:
Those in the top 0.1%, earning $5 million or more, would receive an average tax cut of nearly $250,000 in 2026, according to a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center. Those in the top 1%, who earn $875,000 and up, would see an average tax savings of $45,500 a year.
I encourage you to stay vigilant on this issue. While we may have won this battle in the extreme GOP war on working people, we must continue to stay engaged and informed. I hope you will take the time to send an email to thank Senator Sherrod Brown and all Senate Democrats who stood with us from the very beginning to stop this giveaway to the wealthy. I also hope you will send a message to Senator Rob Portman thanking him for opposing the bill in its present form, but encourage him to not vote for any bill that takes away healthcare from Ohioans in order to give yet another tax break for the super wealthy.
As the voice of working people in Ohio, the Ohio AFL-CIO will continue to keep you informed and engaged on any attack to working people. President Trump and many Republicans said they were going to stand with us during the 2016 election. So far, their promises have been empty. We will continue to put pressure on this administration to do what they promised: Renegotiate NAFTA to benefit American workers and get us back on the job with fair wages and benefits. This bill is just more of the same GOP policy, more tax breaks to the rich while working people continue to struggle to make ends meet.