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Elizabeth Warren on GOP health bill: ‘People will die’

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in April.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in April.

Senator Elizabeth Warren was blunt in her condemnation of the GOP health care bill passed by the House Thursday, saying that “people will die” as a result of the measure.

“This isn’t football. It’s not about scoring points,” Warren wrote in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “Trumpcare will devastate Americans’ healthcare. Families will go bankrupt. People will die. Disease, sickness, and old age touch every family. Tragedy doesn’t ask who you voted for.”

It’s not the first time Warren has criticized the GOP measure. In March, she called the original incarnation of the health care bill “fundamentally cruel,” saying that it would benefit the wealthy at the expense of middle and working class families.

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The measure Thursday skirted through the House by a thin 217-213 vote, as all voting Democrats and a group of mostly moderate Republican holdouts voted “no.” The bill now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where even GOP lawmakers say major changes are likely.

Read the full statement from Warren:

“Trumpcare isn’t a health care bill. A bill that destroys health care for millions to shovel cash to the rich isn’t a health care bill. This is the same cruel bill that House Republicans tried to pass weeks ago. It still strips coverage from millions. Still guts Medicaid. Still strips funds away from states like Massachusetts that are battling the opioid crisis. The only thing that’s changed about Trumpcare in recent weeks is that they made the original plan even more brutal. This isn’t football. It’s not about scoring points. Trumpcare will devastate Americans’ healthcare. Families will go bankrupt. People will die. Disease, sickness, and old age touch every family. Tragedy doesn’t ask who you voted for. Health care is a basic human right. We’ll fight as long and hard as we can to make that a reality for everyone in America.”

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Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.