SPRINGFIELD — Following the U.S. House vote to pass the American Health Care Act, State Senator Eric P. Lesser issued the following statement:
“While President Trump and his allies in Congress are doing what they can to take health care coverage away from millions of Americans, here in Massachusetts, I have introduced legislation to lower the out-of-pocket costs of prescription drug coverage. While President Trump’s health care plan is estimated to cost Massachusetts more than $1 billion per year, I am fighting to make life-saving drugs such as Epi-Pens more affordable and accessible.
“Before my service in the State Senate, I spent four years working for President Obama. I was there when the Affordable Care Act passed, delivering health care coverage to some 20 million people who did not have it before.
“Rest assured that I will do everything in my power to preserve the consumer protections in the ACA here in Massachusetts, including coverage for preexisting conditions and preventing health insurance companies from charging women more for coverage simply because they are women. I am glad that Governor Charlie Baker joins me and many others in opposition to the health care bill just passed by the U.S. House.
“I have been hearing from many constituents who are concerned about Trump’s presidency and what it means for our healthcare, our children’s education, our environment and much else. The closeness of this vote shows how little support this proposal actually has. I sincerely hope the U.S. Senate blocks this bill, which is nothing more than a handout to the rich at the expense of millions who will lose health care coverage.”