This week, I strongly opposed Trumpcare because it would have been harmful to the average American and would have resulted in many losing their life earlier than otherwise, honored the 7th anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law, wrote an op-ed on how the Trump Administration will affect the African American community, and demanded that President Trump release his tax returns. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen.
Today, due to the intense public outcry, Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump decided to pull the Trumpcare bill from the House floor because they did not have the votes to pass it. I would have voted against Trumpcare because it was harmful to the average American and would have resulted in many losing their life earlier than otherwise. It was a wealth care bill, not a health care bill. Trumpcare was an excuse to give the wealthiest Americans huge tax breaks and proceed towards more tax cuts for the rich in the future. President Trump said last week in Louisville that he could not pass massive tax reform until he passed this bill. This bill should have been called the ‘Ebenezer Scrooge Act’ because it enriches the wealthiest individuals and harms the less fortunate both fiscally and physically. Insurance from Trumpcare would have been about as worthless as a degree from Trump University. It’s possible that Trumpcare will come before Congress in the future, and I will continue to oppose it. Congress should be working to improve the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama seven years ago yesterday, rather than trying to replace the ACA with a bill that only has the support of 17% of the American people according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. You can watch my speech on the House floor against the bill here.
On Wednesday, I joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and former Vice President Joe Biden on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to honor the 7th Anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law. You can watch the event here.
Last weekend, I wrote an op-ed for The Commercial Appeal explaining why the Trump Administration, its policies and its budget threaten the African American community. You can read my op-ed here.
On Wednesday, I spoke on the House floor in support of a resolution to demand that President Trump release his income tax returns. The President’s campaign is under investigation by the FBI for its ties to Russia. The President must be, like Caesar's wife, above suspicion. You can watch my speech here.
Earlier today, my staff held “Congress on Your Corner” office hours at the Ed Rice Community Center to assist Memphians with questions or problems with federal agencies such as Social Security, Medicare, FHA, the VA and more. The next “Congress on Your Corner” will be Friday, April 21st from 11am-2pm at the Millington Public Library (4858 Navy Road). Please mark the date on your calendar. For more information about Congress on Your Corner, visit my website at https://cohen.house.gov.
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In honor of today’s Trumpcare debate, the quote for this week comes from the late-Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) during his speech on health care at the Democratic National Convention’s Mid-term Convention in Memphis, Tennessee on December 9, 1978:
“Together, we can lift that financial burden from all the families of America. Through national health insurance, we can provide a decent health care system for the benefit of the people of this land. We can make health care a basic right for all, not just an expensive privilege for the few.” –Senator Ted Kennedy
Each week, I will be suggesting a health tip in the hopes of promoting a healthy lifestyle for residents of the Ninth Congressional District. As always, it’s best to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise routine or lifestyle.
Health insurance provides important financial protection in case you have a serious accident or sickness. Yet one of the provisions of Trumpcare removes the federal requirement to include essential health benefits in health insurance plans. Essential health benefits include:
Eliminating essential health benefits from health insurance plans will result in higher out of pocket costs and bare bones plans that don’t cover the services individuals commonly need.
As always, I remain.