PHOENIX - Claiming there will be a devastating impact to rural families, the elderly and in particular the Phoenix Children's Hospital, Mayor Greg Stanton harshly criticized the proposed Senate Republican health care bill Monday.
During his remarks, Stanton stood with representatives of several social services organizations and the disabled advocacy group Ability 360.
"Why would any Arizona leader who loves this state want to do this kind of damage to the lives of our most vulnerable residents?" Stanton asked. "Why would any Arizona leader who loves this state want to do this kind of damage to our Arizona economy?"
According to a report released Monday afternoon by the Congressional Budget Office, the proposed legislation would result in 22 million more people losing insurance coverage by the year 2026. Premiums and out-of-pocket expenses could skyrocket for some low-income people and people nearing retirement, the report stated.
Local organizations also opposing the bill include the Childrens' Action Alliance, Brain Injury Association of Arizona and the Arizona Family Health Partnership.
It may come as no surprise that Stanton, a Democrat, is outspoken against the bill. What remains to be seen is whether Republican legislators, including Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, will support the proposal.