In a statement, Hawaii hotels, resorts, and hotels’ representatives expressed outrage at the Republican health care bill, which would eliminate funding for many of the state’s tourism programs.
The bill would also make it harder to expand Medicaid coverage to people with preexisting conditions.
“This bill is designed to further erode Hawaii’s robust health care system,” the statement reads.
“We are dismayed that Republicans would use our state’s limited resources to attack Hawaii’s most vulnerable citizens.”
The statement adds, “We will continue to fight against this bill and urge the House to reject this flawed proposal.”
The bill’s opponents also point out that the bill would reduce the state budget’s overall funding by $1.3 billion over the next decade.
“The Republican bill would cause Hawai’i’s economy to crater by cutting $500 million in revenue,” said Hawaii’s governor, David Ige.
“It is unconscionable to spend $500 billion to help Americans suffering from chronic illness and a $500.3 million cut in funding for our Medicaid program.”
Hawaii is home to about 1 million people.