Affordable Health Care Act Evokes Strong Reactions From Illinois Democrats

Mar 8, 2017

The Affordable Health Care Act, the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, has many on one side of the aisle in an uproar.

Left: Illinois Representative Cheri Bustos (D-17), Right: Illinois Representative Bill Foster (D-11)
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Congressional Democrats Bill Foster (IL-11) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) have voiced strong opposition to the newly proposed bill. Foster worries that the new plan proposed by Republicans will negatively affect the elderly, rapidly bankrupt Medicare, and give tax cuts to the wealthy.  

Foster says “The Affordable Care Act has given more than 20 million Americans access to health care. But Republicans would rather tell millions of hard-working families that they are on their own when it comes to their health care while making the pockets of the wealthy even deeper.”

Congresswoman Bustos also expressed issues with the bill’s effect on seniors and working class Americans. Bustos said, “Trumpcare undermines the economic security of older Americans and leaves behind millions of hardworking families across the heartland. While the Affordable Care Act helped Illinois’ seniors save $1,000 per year on prescription drug costs, Washington Republicans are proposing an age tax that will charge older Americans five times more for their care.”

WNIJ's Jason Cregier and Susan Stephens contributed to this report