FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
As the Clock Ticks, Gov. Rauner's TrumpCare Silence Continues
Even with five days to "review" and an abysmal CBO score, the governor fails to take a stand
After U.S. Senate Republicans released their version of TrumpCare to the public last Thursday, a Rauner official said the Senate plan "is being reviewed." Five days have now passed, and although a number of Republican governors from around the country have already weighed in against the plan, Gov. Rauner has said nothing. Even after yesterday's Congressional Budget Office estimate that TrumpCare would lead to 22 million more uninsured nationwide by 2026, Rauner has remained silent.
With indications that Congress will act on the proposal this week, it's now or never for the governor to take a stand for the people of Illinois.
"Five days after the Senate released its version of TrumpCare and one day after the CBO estimated that TrumpCare would lead to 22 million more uninsured nationwide, Gov. Bruce Rauner still refuses to say where he stands on the disastrous plan," said Jake Lewis, Campaign Director for Illinois Working Together. "TrumpCare would end Medicaid coverage for at least 650,000 Illinoisans, raise premiums for middle class families, eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions, destroy 46,000 Illinois jobs, and blow a $40 billion hole in our already decimated state budget.
"It is time for Gov. Rauner to take a stand for the people of Illinois. Governor: put the people of Illinois ahead of your personal $6 million tax cut and speak out against TrumpCare — before it is too late."
Rauner previously said he would "voice [his] concerns as the law moves to the Senate” [Politico Illinois, May 5, 2017]
Selected 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 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]
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