Senate Republicans made their intentions for the American people clear today when they passed a budget resolution that would throw 27 million Americans off of their health insurance.
The Senate passed the resolution on a near party-line vote of 51-48. The budget resolution is not binding, but it does set the stage for a showdown between President Obama, Democrats in Congress, and the Republican Congressional majority on the spending bills for each federal agency. President Obama has already promised to veto many of the bills due to their harsh cuts in programs for veterans, the poor, children, senior citizens, and working class Americans.
In a statement, Sen. Bernie Sanders called the Republican passed budget an absolute disaster:
This Republican budget throws 27 million Americans off health insurance, slashes $5 trillion over the coming decade from programs that help working families, cuts taxes on the richest Americans and raises them on working families with kids.(Continued Below)
“he budget moves this country in exactly the wrong direction. At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, it gives huge tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires while making devastating cuts to education, Medicare, affordable housing and prescription drug coverage.
Anyone who takes an objective look at this Republican budget can do nothing else but conclude that this is an absolute disaster for the working people of this country. Families are struggling to put bread on the table, to send their kids to college and to take care of their basic needs. But the Republican budget says ‘we’re going to make it even harder for those families.’
The GOP budget takes away health insurance from 27 million Americans by disabling the federal health insurance exchanges, “According to a report from the Senate Budget Committee Democrats, Republicans would take away health insurance from 27 million Americans by disabling the federal health insurance exchanges.”
The Republican passed budget promises big tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires that are paid for by throwing people off of their health insurance and turning Medicare into a voucher system. Today’s vote was a message to millions of people that the billionaire controlled Republicans in Congress are coming for their health care.
Republicans aren’t hiding what they intend to do, and it is up to the American people to stop them.