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U.S. Rep. Menendez Blasts GOP Senate Healthcare Bill as ‘Downright Nasty’

Legislation could ultimately cost New Jersey $30 billion in Medicaid funding

“Page by page, this Republican plan forces Americans to pay more for less, less comprehensive healthcare coverage,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, speaking about the Senate GOP’s bill meant to repeal and replace Obamacare.

He added that the Republican legislation could ultimately slash $30 billion in Medicaid funding in New Jersey, where more than a half-million people enrolled under Medicaid expansion could lose coverage.

Menendez spoke at a news conference at Newark Community Health Centers, where slightly more than half the patients are on Medicaid.

“Every indication suggests that the plan unveiled by Senate Republicans will be even more devastating to New Jersey than the mean-spirited, unpopular bill passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year. If President Trump thought the healthcare bill in the House was mean, I can tell you that the Senate Republican plan is downright nasty,” Menendez said.

Elaine Rodriguez, whose disabled daughter is a patient at Newark Community, spoke for many parents saying that Leandra depends on Medicaid for medicine and oxygen.

“Without insurance I don’t know what I’m going to do. I have no idea what’s going to happen. It’s really scary. She’s going to die, it’s a reality. Without medications, my daughter is going to die,” Rodriguez said.

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