September 21, 2017
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) highlighted a new report that shows that the radical Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill would explode premiums for Americans with pre-existing conditions by as much as tens of thousands of dollars.

“With this extreme version of Trumpcare, Republicans are waging a war on people with pre-existing conditions,” said Rep. Espaillat.  “Americans with asthma or arthritis, cancer, diabetes or depression or even pregnancy can be hit with towering and insurmountable premiums.  We all have a loved one who has struggled with an illness; forcing those innocent people to pay tens of thousands of dollars just for having a pre-existing condition is utterly cruel. 

“This horrendous bill, the worst yet proposed by Republicans replaces critical tax credits and funding for Medicaid expansion programs with extremely inadequate block grants, severely hindering vital access to health care for our constituents.  Republicans must stop attacking the health and pocketbooks of veterans, seniors, women, working families, people with pre-existing conditions and rural communities, just to pursue their agenda of tax cuts for the wealthy.  Democrats are all hands-on deck to defeat the moral monstrosity of Trumpcare.  I stand with the people of New York and vow to fight this immoral bill.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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