Today, as Republican gubernatorial candidates hold their first forum of the primary, Representative Madeleine Dean (HD-153) challenged Paul Mango and Scott Wagner for supporting 30 percent premium increases on Pennsylvanians and backing Republican health care plans that would be devastating for hard-working middle-class Pennsylvanians, people with pre-existing conditions and substance use disorders, women, and seniors in nursing homes.
“Both Scott Wagner and Paul Mango support huge premium hikes, gutting protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and weakening coverage for seniors,” said Representative Madeleine Dean.
Donald Trump’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act has forced premiums to drastically increase by 30 percent for 85,000 Pennsylvanians. Scott Wagner and Paul Mango are both supportive of Trump’s sabotage plan. Paul Mango even called Trump’s plan a “positive first step” and last weekend, alt-right leader Steve Bannon, who endorsed Wagner, told a crowd how excited he is that Donald Trump is “blowing-up” health care for millions of Americans by undermining the Affordable Care Act.
“Wagner and Mango have been clear in their support for Donald Trump and his mission to destroy the Affordable Care Act,” said Rep. Dean. “They’ve been in lock-step with the Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would increase health care costs for middle class Pennsylvanians, hurt rural Pennsylvanians, and dismantle insurance protections for millions of people, including those with pre-existing conditions.”
“Seniors will lose coverage and peace of mind, women will have their access to care cut off, and people suffering from the disease of addiction will not get the treatment they need. We won’t let Scott Wagner and Paul Mango off the hook until they tell us why they support the Republicans’ devastating plan to undermine health care coverage.”
These repeated attempts to undermine health care show a chronic and troubling lack of leadership from Republicans.
“Republican leadership in both Washington and Harrisburg have failed Pennsylvanians by continuously pushing plans that would be disastrous for health care in the commonwealth,” said Dean. “Pennsylvania cannot afford the dangerous health care policies being pushed by Paul Mango or Scott Wagner.”