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Retiring Republican lets loose: Health bill terrible for older, sick people

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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a retiring congresswomen from south Florida who is a "NO" vote on the House GOP's health bill that's expected to receive a vote this morning:

"Despite amendments and changes, the AHCA still fails to provide for the needs of my constituents. I will not support a bill that has the potential to severely harm the health and lives of people in South Florida and therefore I remain steadfast in my commitment to vote NO on the AHCA. The recent addition of further funds to high risk pools continues to be inadequate and fails to cover those who need it most. If enacted, the older and poorer South Floridians will be worse off and will find it more difficult to obtain quality healthcare. My constituents should not have to take a step backward in their ability to obtain treatment for any illness and thus, I will vote NO."
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