Statement by Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain on the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the American Health Care Act:
“The Congressional Budget Office’s report shows what many of us already suspected: It’s not about helping more people find coverage, it’s about putting more money into the pockets of the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. 24 million Americans stand to lose insurance coverage because of this plan, and lost insurance coverage equals debt, sickness, and worse for too many working people.
It’s inconsistent with the promises we have heard from the President, who called for lower premiums and for everyone to have insurance as part of a repeal to the Affordable Care Act. Already, we see House Speaker Ryan and others doing everything they can to discredit the CBO’s findings, but the numbers do not lie: 24 million people is an unmistakably serious consequence of an agenda designed to widen the gap between the wealthy and the poor in this country. Oregon’s unions will continue to do everything we can to call attention to and oppose this dangerous agenda.”