TRENTON – Senator Nia H. Gill issued the following statement on today’s planned vote in Washington on the American Health Care Act, the Trump-backed proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. Senator Gill was the sponsor of legislation to create a state health exchange, also known as the Marketplace. She also sponsored legislation to expand Medicaid under the ACA:
“On the anniversary of the signing of the landmark health reform legislation, Republicans in Congress are preparing to eliminate health care coverage for millions of Americans in the interest of politics. This is unconscionable and dangerous.
“In New Jersey, the GOP plan will decimate health care for residents and result in the loss of coverage for nearly half a million people. As disastrous as the plan is, it is only getting worse. The latest proposals would eliminate essential health benefits, like emergency room visits and mental health care, and would force new mothers to find work within 60 days of giving birth or lose Medicaid. Our residents have spoken out on this issue and attended town halls, urging their representatives not to support this plan. Today, they are rallying at the Statehouse and sitting in at representatives’ offices in Washington. The Republicans representing New Jersey have a responsibility to act in the best interest of their constituents and must vote ‘no’ on this bill.”