Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has issued the following statement regarding the discussion draft of Senate health care bill that was released this morning:

"Obamacare is failing Pennsylvanians. As taxes, premiums and deductibles continue to skyrocket, choices and access to care have dwindled. The draft bill unveiled in the Senate today strikes me as an important and constructive first step in repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a better, stable, consumer-driven health care system for all Pennsylvanians.

"This measure does not pull the rug out from anyone currently covered by Obamacare, and keeps the Medicaid expansion covering able-bodied, working-age, childless adults, while asking the states to eventually contribute their fair share for this care. Further, this bill works to ensure Medicaid is sustainable for future generations by modestly reducing, seven and a half years from now, the rate at which federal spending on the program will grow.

"I will thoroughly examine this draft and welcome all feedback from my fellow Pennsylvanians in the coming days."

For more background, see here: https://www.budget.senate.gov/bettercare