Washington, DC — Jim Manley, spokesman for Nevada Senator Harry Reid, released the following statement this morning in reaction to threats by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to repeal important health care protections for middle-class Americans from insurance company abuses:
"It speaks volumes that the first thing on Republicans’ ‘to do’ list is to give power back to big health insurance companies. What Senator McConnell is really saying is, Republicans want to let insurance companies go back to denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, let them go back to charging women twice as much for the same coverage as men, and let them push millions of seniors back into the Medicare donut hole.
"Republicans have always been the party of putting big business over the middle class, and they are wasting no time in trying to jam through favors for big corporations at the expense of hard-working families who are struggling to make ends meet. If Republicans think the American people want to go back to giving insurance companies free rein to impose their abusive practices on middle-class families and seniors, then they are truly out of touch with the middle class."