St. Paul – Statement from Jamie Gulley, President of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota:
“Congressman Erik Paulsen is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, making him one of several members of the House who are charged with marking up and voting on the most recent Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The markup process could begin as early as today.
“This is a significant responsibility with real consequences for countless Minnesotans, including thousands in the 3rd Congressional District. In the most recent version of the proposal publicly available, Medicaid costs would be shifted to states, putting seniors, children and people with disabilities at risk of losing their health coverage and endangering the survival of Minnesota hospitals and other key community providers.
“Despite these potentially devastating consequences for Minnesotans, the Committee may possibly vote without a Congressional Budget Office estimate of how many people will actually lose health insurance and how much the new plan will cost.
“With the stakes so high, it would be rash and reckless for Congressman Paulsen to take this vote without more information. As healthcare workers and Minnesotans who want good healthcare for our families, we call on Rep. Paulsen to postpone the vote until the CBO estimate is released.”
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota unites more than 35,000 healthcare and long-term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care throughout the state of Minnesota.