Booker and Menendez fight against health care vote
Glenn Townes | 7/28/2017, 7:09 a.m.
In an effort to promote and perhaps save President Obama's signature health care law—New Jersey's top Democratic legislators denounced the Senate vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it.
In a statement issued to the media, Sen. Bob Menendez dismissed the latest Republican version of a replacement health care plan. “The revised plan will leave 32 million people without health care that currently have it under the ACA,” he said. Menendez added that subsequent revisions of the ACA by the Republicans show the number of people left without health coverage increases. Booker agreed.
He said President Donald Trump's effort to dismantle the health care plan and furlough millions of American families that rely on the universal health insurance is “misguided” and “outrageous. “The trap that they're in is that Obama Care is actually working for millions of Americans and the Trump administration doesn't have an effective plan to replace it,” Booker said during a press briefing in Newark.
Similarly Menedez said Republicans are ill-informed and ill advised about what plan they may vote on and how repealing Obama Care without a cogent and effective replacement would, among other things, create enormous chaos in the marketplace. According to various statistics, more than 28 million Americans are still uninsured—with the vast majority being African Americans and Hispanics.
On July 27, efforts to repeal the ACA failed in the Senate because of a lack of support from some moderate Republicans and unanimous opposition from Democrats.