Kuster: Making It Harder for Veterans to Afford Health Insurance is Un-American and Nonsensical
(Washington, DC) – Today it was reported in the Washington Examiner that as many as 7 million veterans could lose access to tax credits for their health insurance under the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The proposed change comes as a result of yet another late night amendment to appease the Tea Party wing of the Republican party. Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement in response to the proposed change:
“It’s unacceptable that House Republicans would jeopardize the healthcare of millions of veterans by continuing their irresponsible and shoddy late night changes to the American Health Care Act. It’s bad enough that this bill would already leave tens of millions of Americans without health insurance and now it’s reneging on our promise to the men and women who have served in uniform. Making it harder for veterans to afford health insurance is un-American and nonsensical. It’s commonsense that veterans who are eligible to receive care from the VA should receive support if they choose to pursue healthcare outside of the VA.”
The change proposed by Congressional Republicans last night would eliminate tax credits for veterans’ healthcare if they choose to get health insurance outside of the VA.