The Neill for Illinois campaign released the following statement to press outlets across the 16th District:
Contact: Dylan Boynton
For Immediate Release
September 18th, 2017
IL-16 Democratic Candidate Mohammad Blasts Latest “Trumpcare” Proposal
DeKalb, IL – Neill Mohammad, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 16th District, blasted the latest “Trumpcare” proposal from a group of Republican senators as a bailout for states that refuse to pay for their own health insurance. He went on to describe it as a death sentence for millions of Medicaid enrollees, which will bring back the ability of private insurers to discriminate on the basis of pre-existing conditions.
“Every proposal to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act has been exactly the same: end Medicaid to make room for a tax cut for the 1%, and ignore the pain inflicted on millions of Americans,” said Mohammad. “The only difference in Senator Cassidy’s bill is that the damage is spread over ten years. Nearly 1 million senior citizens would no longer be able to pay for nursing home care. Hundreds of thousands of disabled children would no longer be able to receive care in their own home.”
Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the latest iteration of Trumpcare last week, and was joined by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dean Heller (R-NV). Under their proposal, states which were proactive in providing coverage to their residents under the Affordable Care Act, like Illinois, will be forced to pay for bailouts of insurance markets in states which did not take the opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage for their residents, like Mississippi and Alabama.
“The American people have unequivocally rejected a return to the days of losing your home to a medical bankruptcy or not being able to get coverage for your children because of a pre-existing coverage,” said Mohammad. “I invite Adam Kinzinger to stand up for Illinoisans and say no to lifetime benefit caps, pre-existing condition exclusions, and bailouts for states that won’t help themselves.”
Neill Mohammad is a Democratic candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 16th district. He is a native of DeKalb and a graduate of DeKalb public schools. He earned his B.A. at the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan. Before running for Congress, he worked as a consultant to rural hospitals, during which he became a national expert in hospital pharmacy administration.