AARP Calls On Senators To Reject GOP’s Latest Obamacare Repeal Effort

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens to remarks by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., as they meet with reporters after a closed-door Republican strategy session, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. McConnell says Senate Republicans will unveil their revised health care bill Thursday and begin voting on it next week, adding, he could delay the chamber's August recess for two weeks as the GOP tries breaking logjams that have slowed work on that and other issues.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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The AARP, a major seniors group, called Tuesday for senators to reject the latest Republican proposal, introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), to repeal Obamacare.

In a statement, the AARP said the proposal currently on the table would “increase health care costs for older Americans with an age tax, decrease coverage, and undermine pre-existing condition protections.”

The AARP also said it would be “irresponsible” for the Senate to vote on a bill “without information on the potential consequences.”

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office announced Monday that it would not be able to “provide point estimates of the effects on the deficit, health insurance coverage, or premiums for at least several weeks.”

“Should this bill be brought to the Senate floor for a vote, we strongly urge all Senators to vote NO,” the AARP said.

Republicans’ ability to pass the repeal bill via reconciliation, with 50 votes rather than 60, will expire at the end of September.

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