While Others Speak Out, Rauner's Sad Silence On TrumpCare Continues

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
jake.lewis@illinoisworkingtogether.org

While Others Speak Out, Rauner's Sad Silence On TrumpCare Continues

Rauner Again Puts Himself Above Illinois Families

After U.S. Senate Republicans released their version of TrumpCare to the public yesterday following weeks of secretive negotiations, Gov. Bruce Rauner failed to offer any kind of substantive comment on the disastrous plan that would have massive implications for Illinois families. Though Gov. Rauner previously said he would "voice [his] concerns as the law moves to the Senate," the governor again refused to take a stand on the newly unveiled bill.

While Gov. Rauner stayed silent, several Republican governors across the country spoke out against TrumpCare. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts said the bill "falls short" and will "result in significant funding losses." Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland said Congress should "go back to the drawing board." Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio said the Senate should "step back" and "reach across the aisle" to find solutions. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada said that TrumpCare "will dramatically reduce coverage." 

"While other governors from his own party have the courage to speak out, Gov. Rauner continues his shameful silence on TrumpCare," said Jake Lewis, Campaign Director for Illinois Working Together. "TrumpCare would destroy health coverage for hundreds of thousands of Illinois families, eliminate an estimated 46,000 jobs in Illinois, and blow a $40 billion hole in our already decimated state budget. Gov. Rauner should put the people of Illinois ahead of his personal $6 million tax cut and his never-ending political games. Take a stand, governor, before it is too late."

 

Background: 

Rauner said he would "voice [his] concerns as the law moves to the Senate” [Politico Illinois, May 5, 2017]

Rauner's stays silent while other Republican governors join bipartisan criticism of TrumpCare

— "In the letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, three Republican governors and four Democratic governors called for bipartisan efforts to reform the healthcare system." [Business Insider, June 16, 2017]

Yesterday's statements from Republican governors on TrumpCare

— Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) [Twitter, June 22, 2017]

— Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) [Twitter, June 22, 2017

— Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) [Twitter, June 22, 2017

— Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) [Twitter, June 22, 2017]

Both the House and Senate versions of the AHCA repeal the Net Investment Income Tax, providing a personal windfall to Gov. Rauner

— "The Republican healthcare plan would repeal the Net Investment Tax, which was a tax of higher tax brackets mandated under the Affordable Care Act meant to help subsidize insurance premiums under Obamacare. It is a tax of about 3.8 percent on investment income for higher tax brackets. In 2015, Rauner paid $6.6 million toward that tax." [Politico Illinois, May 4, 2017]

"The American Health Care Act: Economic and Employment Consequences for States"

— "Overall, the 10 states with the largest job losses by 2026 are: New York (86,000), Pennsylvania (85,000), Florida (83,000), Michigan (51,000), Illinois (46,000), New Jersey (42,000), Ohio (42,000), North Carolina (41,000), California (32,000), and Tennessee (28,000)." [The Commonwealth Fund, June 14, 2017

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org