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CU Letter to House on Rushed Markup of the “American Health Care Act”

Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization arm of the non-profit Consumer Reports, letter to the House of Representatives expressing alarm regarding the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Ways and Means Committee markups of a bill that would fundamentally impact whether consumers can get the healthcare they need, when they need it. We are deeply concerned about both the harm this bill could do to consumers and the secretive and non-transparent manner in which the Committee is proceeding.

Consumers should be able to understand the final bill before it is marked up and they deserve to see a score from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to show the budgetary and coverage implications. The likelihood that this bill covers far fewer consumers (and those less fully) than those who received coverage under the ACA further makes a rushed, secretive process a wholly inadequate way to proceed.