June 21, 2017
NOTE TO REPORTERS
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spent More Than $16 Million Supporting Authors of Senate Health Care Bill
Since the beginning of the debate around passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has worked to undermine efforts to expand access to health care for tens of millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans.
With 13 U.S. Senate Republicans currently crafting a Senate version of President Donald Trump’s American Healthcare Act in secret, it should come as no surprise that the Chamber, the largest non-disclosing outside spender in 2016 congressional races, spent more than $16 million between 2012 and 2016 supporting the campaigns of 10 of the 13 senators authoring the bill.
If the ACA were repealed, the Congressional Budget Office has indicated it likely will result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance and would weaken a host of important protections such as the requirement that health insurers cover Americans with pre-existing conditions.
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