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Murphy, Blumenthal Decry Start Of Efforts By Senate To Repeal Health Care

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy takes to the floor of the Senate late Monday to protest GOP efforts to get rid of the Affordable Health Care Act.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy takes to the floor of the Senate late Monday to protest GOP efforts to get rid of the Affordable Health Care Act. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Connecticut's two Democratic senators voted against efforts to repeal the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act Wednesday night.

Legislation approved in the Senate that would begin the process of an appeal to take away health care coverage for millions of citizens was condemned by U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal (both D-Conn.)

Senate Republicans did not agree to a slate of proposed amendments by Democrats to keep in place key protections from the healthcare law, that would include an expansion of access and coverage for medically marginalized communities.

Rather, they went ahead with a bill that could be used to dismantle the health care system, with no plan on replacing it.

“Playing partisan politics with people’s lives is simply unconscionable – particularly when it takes place in the dead of night while they aren’t watching,” Blumenthal said a statement.

“Repealing the Affordable Care Act will have catastrophic consequences—ripping away medical treatment from millions of Americans, raising costs, and creating complete chaos in the healthcare market. We must improve this law, but not end it—refine it, but not repeal it.”

“The enthusiasm of Republicans in Congress for taking away health insurance from millions of Americans is unfathomable," said Murphy in a statement released today.

Both senators voted against Congressional Republicans’ FY2017 budget resolution. It set the stage for an ACA repeal.

Murphy, who serves on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, has called on Congressional Republicans to stop their dangerous crusade to repeal the ACA and to work in a bipartisan way to improve the law.

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