LANSING, Mich. — Senator Ian Conyers (D–Detroit) issued the following statement following yesterday’s U.S. Senate vote to advance the Republican health care bill:

“Detroiters have benefited greatly from the Affordable Care Act, where the city’s uninsured fell from 22 percent to 7.4 percent in three years’ time. People should not have to decide whether they can pay for basic medication needs or keep the lights on in the house. Many minorities who currently have health care coverage, including African Americans, Latinos and Arab Americans, would go back to being uninsured under the Republicans’ plan, since they wouldn’t be able to afford it.

“Detroit has such a robust health care system already in place and is home to top-ranked medical facilities, but well-paying jobs with health benefits are hard for many to attain. In a country that is so accepting of many different people from all walks of life, it is ironic to think that health care coverage would only be afforded to the few and the wealthy. It’s wrong and we all deserve better.”