Hoyer and Miller: AHPs are a Poison Pill on Minimum Wage Vote

For Immediate Release:

July 27, 2006

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and George Miller (D-CA) issued the following statement this evening:

 “American workers deserve a straightforward vote in Congress on whether or not to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour. No one should have to live in poverty when they work full time, but millions of Americans do. Republican leaders should be ashamed of themselves for playing politics with the minimum wage.

 “This issue is as simple as they come: Do you support a minimum wage increase or not? Do you think it’s wrong that millions of Americans work full-time and still live in poverty? That’s what this is about, period. If Republican leaders attach poison pills like AHPs, then we will vote no and we will urge others to do the same.”

 BACKGROUND:

 Earlier today, Miller released a report showing the history of Republican poison pills on minimum wage votes. Click here for that report. 
 

According to the Congressional Budget Office, Association Health Plans (AHPs) will reduce health benefits for 8 million American workers and increase health care costs by $800 million each year for American families who are not covered by AHPs.

According to Mercer Consulting, AHPs will eliminate health care coverage altogether for 1 million Americans.

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