One year ago this Friday, President Biden and Democrats in Congress passed the American Rescue Plan, a plan that has helped over 70 percent of Michiganders get vaccinated, cut taxes for over one million households in Michigan, and lowered health care premiums to ensure families could afford insurance. Meanwhile, Republicans are in a world of their own — telling voters that in order to boost our economy, we need to raise taxes on middle-class households, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and make access to health insurance more difficult and more expensive.
According to new data released yesterday, Republicans’ economic agenda – which they have promised to pass if successful in this year’s midterm elections – would hike taxes by more than $1,000 on average for close to 40 percent of Michiganders. Not only would families be paying more out of pocket, but thousands in Michigan will lose insurance benefits for their preexisting conditions and premiums will skyrocket.
Michigan Democratic Party Spokesperson Alyssa Bradley released the following statement:
“Now that we can see just how disastrous this economic plan will be for Michiganders, every single voter deserves to know if Republicans like Peter Meijer, Tim Walberg, and Bill Huizenga agree with their Republican colleagues in the Senate. These GOP lawmakers already tried to block President Biden’s economic recovery plan — and now they’re trying to raise taxes on middle-class families and rip health care away from millions. The contrast could not be more clear: While Republicans continue to champion policies that only benefit the wealthiest families and largest corporations, Michigan Democrats are fighting to lower costs and create affordable health care for working people. Voters won’t forget that.”
Here’s how Democrats have boosted our economy and helped working families in just the last year with the American Rescue Plan:
- Put $1.4 million in the pockets of Michigan families across the state
- Bridged the digital divide for small businesses and homes in Washtenaw County
- Provided grants for small businesses to stay afloat
- Helping homeowners with overdue mortgage payments due to the economic crisis spurred by the pandemic