Even before Congress begins to debate a Republican plan to replace Obamacare, the Democrat Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu has concluded that the revised health care program "will ration healthcare for the working poor and middle class, result in fewer doctors and a higher out of pocket cost for American citizens."
Landrieu's office released a statement with some heated rhetoric on the issue.
"The proposed bill will take Louisiana back to the days when an ear infection meant a mother loses her job because she waited hours in an emergency room with her sick child. Adults with aging parents will again have sleepless nights wondering how they will afford a good nursing home that provides quality care. And tens of thousands of mothers will go back to the days when they struggled to afford pre- and post-natal care for themselves and or their newborn babies," Landrieu said.
The Mayor has also concluded that the GOP plan will threaten funding for higher education in Louisiana.
“The effects of the Trump/GOP proposal will result in increased financial burdens to states. In Louisiana, this proposal will eventually lead to more budget cuts to education and public safety," he claimed.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has described the legislation as "a work in progress."
Price told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that the administration’s goal is to improve health care and coverage while reducing costs and making plans more affordable.