GOP tax bill to kick 31,000 of Rep. Steve Knight’s constituents off health insurance

A new analysis shows that the tax bill passed by the Senate would cause more than 1.8 million Californians to lose their health insurance, including an estimated 31,600 in Rep. Steve Knight's district alone.

Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) placed his trust in the Senate to repair the damage that the House-passed tax scam bill would have caused. But once again, Knight has let his constituents down.

A new analysis of the Senate plan shows that the bill would cause an estimated 31,600 of Knight’s own constituents to lose health insurance. While the House bill — which only passed because of votes from Knight and other California Republicans — did not contain a partial repeal of the ACA, political analysts expect the final compromise bill to include this harmful provision.

Knight stated months ago that his “number one priority” was to protect his constituents from a tax hike related to state and local tax (SALT) exemptions.

When he failed to convince his Republican colleagues to take his priorities seriously, he swiftly surrendered and provided a critical vote that allowed the bill to pass.

Relying on the Senate to improve the bill has turned from a simple abdication of responsibility into a catastrophe. Not only does the Senate fail to fix the SALT issue, the bill would take health care away from more than 1.8 million Californians — including tens of thousands of Knight’s own constituents.

The Knight-supported House bill was bad enough. It would be a travesty for California’s colleges and universities, in addition to raising the cost of already-burdensome student loans. Even teachers, who spend their own salaries on supplies for their students, would face a tax hike.

Every decision Knight has made on this issue has been in the best interest of Republican leadership like House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, he continues to leave his own constituents further and further behind.

Editor’s note: The headline and article have been updated to reflect the revised estimates for coverage loss.