Where They Stand? Bush-Obama Congressmen Debate Health Care

Judy Chu (D – California)

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Voted: No

Statement:

I am incredibly saddened and outraged that Republicans ignored the expressed opposition from doctors, hospitals, patient advocates, health experts and even members of their own party to pass this heartless bill.

See full statement below.

 

Dennis Ross (R – Florida)

Voted: Yes

Statement:

The AHCA will kick bureaucrats out of doctors’ offices and put patients back in charge of their own healthcare decisions.”

See full statement below.

 

Below is a full account of where congressional representatives of Bush-Obama voted on the American Health Care Act, along with their statement:

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Alabama

 

Terri Sewell (D)

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Congressional District: 7, Alabama

Bush-Obama County in District — Jefferson

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“The passage of today’s healthcare repeal bill was a tragic case of Republican leadership putting politics over people.” said Rep. Sewell. “The GOP rushed this bill through the House without pausing to get a full estimate of what it will cost or how many lives it will impact. That’s legislative malpractice. I voted against TrumpCare because we know it will drive healthcare prices up for working families all while lowering the quality of coverage they receive. I opposed this bill because it will force older Americans to pay premiums five times higher than what others pay for health coverage, while at the same time shortening the life of the Medicare Trust Fund that many seniors depend on. I voted no because TrumpCare will gut essential health benefits, and because my constituents deserve better. Today’s bill is a disaster for Alabama and a raw deal for the American people.”

 

Link: https://sewell.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-sewell-statement-passage-gop-healthcare-repeal

 

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California

 

Paul Cook (R)

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Congressional District: 8, California

Bush-Obama County in District — San Bernardino

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Cook had not released an official statement.

 

Jim Costa (D)

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Congressional District: 24, California

Bush-Obama Counties in District — San Luis Obispo, Ventura

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Congressional Republican leaders and the Trump Administration have spent several weeks negotiating, and the end result of those negotiations made a disastrous health care bill even worse,” said Rep. Costa. “The American people have demanded solutions that improve their health care outcomes from Congress, and this legislation fails to meet that test. If the American Health Care Act is enacted into law, then millions of Americans, including many of our friends and neighbors in the San Joaquin Valley, will either see their health care costs rise substantially or they will completely lose their coverage. Unconscionably, this legislation will also reduce the health care options available to our nation’s veterans, betraying our nation’s heroes after they have served our country.”

“The fact is that hundreds of thousands of Valley residents have gained health care coverage, and the uninsured rate in my district alone has been cut in half due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA is not perfect, and I’ve always been clear in saying that the law needs to be fixed, but the American Health Care Act, in its current form, is not the solution.

“We must come together to find a bipartisan way to improve our health care system. I have been saying this for years, and I believe it now as much as ever. Only by working across the aisle, Republicans and Democrats together, can we address the challenges with our health care system to provide Americans – all Americans – access to quality and affordable health care coverage.

“I sincerely hope that our U.S. Senators take a serious look at how this legislation would negatively impact our country’s health care system and either substantially change, or simply oppose, this bill. It is time to stop this needless partisan bickering and make the changes necessary in our health care system to improve health care outcomes and reduce costs for all Americans.”

Link: https://costa.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/costa-statement-house-passage-american-health-care-act

 

Salud Carbajal (D)

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Congressional District: 24, California

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Ventura, San Luis Obispo

Voted: No

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Carbajal had not released an official statement.

 

Steve Knight (R)

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Congressional District: 25, California

Bush-Obama County in District — Ventura

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Knight had not released an official statement.

 

Judy Chu (D)

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Congressional District: 27, California

Bush-Obama County in District — San Bernardino

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“I am incredibly saddened and outraged that Republicans ignored the expressed opposition from doctors, hospitals, patient advocates, health experts and even members of their own party to pass this heartless bill. It is unconscionable to me that they would charge ahead with – and then celebrate – a vote that they know will force millions off their insurance and raise prices for people with preexisting conditions. Worse, their rush to vote on this bill meant there wasn’t even time for the Congressional Budget Office to score the fiscal and human costs of the final version. The haste to act and then immediately hop on a bus to the White House shows that they were more concerned with helping Trump keep a campaign promise than with actually improving healthcare.

“This bill will have serious consequences for the people of California in particular. One provision of this bill would deny subsidies to any healthcare plan that covers abortion. Meaning that in California, where all plans are required to cover abortion, healthcare costs will rise astronomically because Californians will be ineligible for tax credits. This bill also threatens to kick 7 million veterans off their insurance, shortens the life of Medicare, allows people aged 50-64 to be charged 5 times more than young people, and eliminates coverage for 24 million Americans, including nearly 2 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country. It defunds Planned Parenthood for one year, and would once again allow being a rape or domestic violence victim to be a pre-existing condition. This bill creates a  ‘women’s tax’ that would permit insurance companies to charge women more than men for essential coverage like pregnancy. Trumpcare would cut $838 billion from Medicaid, endangering care for individuals with disabilities, low-income children, and seniors in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. In the midst of the worst opioid epidemic our nation has ever seen, it rips mental health and addiction services away from those who need it most. Trumpcare does all this while giving the 400 richest families in America an annual tax break of $2.8 million.

“As we have said in the past, Democrats remain willing and eager to work to improve the Affordable Care Act. But this was not an improvement. This was a cruel attack on vulnerable Americans, especially those with preexisting conditions. An improvement is a plan that will increase access for all Americans, keep costs down, and ensure that being sick or a woman or a senior is not an excuse to be denied coverage.”

Link: https://chu.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-chu-decries-heartless-aca-repeal-vote

 

Brad Sherman

 

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Congressional District: 31, California

Bush-Obama County in District — San Bernardino

Voted: No

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Sherman had not released an official statement.

Ed Royce (R)

Congressional District: 39, California

Bush-Obama County in District — San Bernadino

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Under current law, Southern Californians are paying more and more for fewer choices.  Too many families are struggling with premiums that are out of control.  And things are only getting worse.   

“That’s why I voted today to move the reform process forward.  This bill, while far from perfect, is a step toward lowering costs, protecting those with pre-existing conditions and expanding choices for everyone.  As we continue this important work, I will continue to listen to my constituents and fight for solutions that protect our most vulnerable.”

 

Link: http://royce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398311

 

Darrell Issa (R)

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Congressional District: 49, California

Bush-Obama County in District — San Diego

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Today, we made good on our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. Let’s stop pretending Obamacare is going to fix itself or that somehow, someday, it’s going to get better. Today’s vote gives a voice to the victims of Obamacare, the millions of Americans who are paying higher premiums, receiving less coverage and for whom the status quo offered no end in sight. Obamacare is doing real harm to California’s families and struggling businesses, and constituents are counting on me to deliver real relief. Obamacare was a failure from the get-go. Now is the time to make it right.”

 

Link: https://issa.house.gov/news-room/press-releases/congressman-issa-advances-obamacare-repeal

 

Scott Peters (D)

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Congressional District: 52, California

Bush-Obama County in District — San Diego

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“This vote takes us one step closer to going back to a system where families go bankrupt over an unexpected illness and our emergency rooms are filled with mothers seeking basic care for their children.

“I’ve opposed this reckless healthcare repeal bill every step of the way because it will rip coverage away from millions of Americans, increase out-of-pocket costs for working families and seniors, and undermine protections for many Americans with pre-existing conditions.

“There are real steps we can take together to fix what’s not working in our healthcare system. Instead, today the House passed a bill that is opposed by doctors, nurses, hospitals, patients, and seniors because it would make the problems in our healthcare system worse, not better.

“But this is not over. I will keep fighting to stop this terrible plan from becoming law and get to work on real healthcare reform to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for American families.”

Link: https://scottpeters.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-peters-votes-against-ripping-healthcare-away-from-millions-vows-to

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Colorado

 

Diane Degette (D)

Congressional District: 1, Colorado

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Arapahoe, Jefferson

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“The American Health Care Act was pulled from the House floor in March because the American people realized it was a deeply flawed bill,” DeGette said during floor debate on the newly-amended legislation. “That bill would have ripped health care coverage away from 24 million of our constituents. For those lucky enough to maintain coverage, the bill would have massively raised premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. The crushing age tax of the bill would force older adults to pay astronomically high premiums. So what did the majority do in the last six weeks? They made the bill worse.”

Noting that the new version would let insurance companies opt out of covering essential health benefits guaranteed by the ACA – including maternity care, emergency room coverage and mental health treatment – as well as driving up insurance costs for those with pre-existing conditions and for seniors. DeGette said all this and more would become clearer once the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has a chance to evaluate the revised bill. The CBO found that the original bill proposed in March would have deprived 24 million Americans of health care coverage who currently have it.

“My Republican colleagues are going to be really, really sorry that they rushed this bill to the floor before they got an amended CBO score,” DeGette said, because once that information becomes available, Americans “are going to be shocked to wake up to find out, if this TrumpCare bill passes, many millions more will lose their coverage.”

Link: https://degette.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/degette-trumpcare-bill-s-rush-to-passage-will-come-back-to-haunt

 

Mike Coffman (R)

Congressional District: 7, Colorado

Bush-Obama County in District — Jefferson

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“At this time, I cannot support the AHCA with the MacArthur amendment because I’m concerned that a small percentage of those with preexisting conditions may still not be protected.  This does not take away from the fact that the Affordable Care Act is failing and American families are hurting. In my conversations with House leadership and the Administration over the last 72 hours, I made it clear that additional language was necessary to protect this vulnerable group.  And I’m sympathetic to leadership’s challenge — getting 216 votes in this highly polarized political environment isn’t easy. Also, as I have stated in the past, I’m certainly not going to vote on a bill of this magnitude that hasn’t been fully scored by the Congressional Budget Office and whose estimated price tag is unknown.”

 

Link: https://coffman.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/coffman-on-his-no-vote-on-ahca

 

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Florida

 

Kathy Castor (D)

Congressional District: 14, Florida

Bush-Obama County in District — Hillsborough

Voted: No

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Castor had not released an official statement.

 

Dennis Ross (R)

Congressional District: 15, Florida

Bush-Obama County in District — Hillsborough

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“After seven long years, Americans across Florida and the entire nation can breathe a sigh of relief today because we fulfilled our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. By working with President Trump and uniting to pass the AHCA, we are putting patients first and ending an era of skyrocketing premiums, massive tax hikes and burdensome mandates and penalties.

“Obamacare has kicked 4.7 million Americans off of their healthcare plans, and in Florida alone, premiums are expected to increase by 19 percent this year. Insurance providers are fleeing the exchange left and right, with major providers, like Medica and Aetna, announcing just this week they are withdrawing from Iowa and Virginia, leaving families with little to no choices. This death spiral is hitting hard nationwide, but we put an end to it today.

“The AHCA will kick bureaucrats out of doctors’ offices and put patients back in charge of their own healthcare decisions. It will lower premiums and eliminate the individual and employer mandates that are crushing small businesses and families. My vote today prevents insurers from denying patients coverage for pre-existing conditions, allows children up to 26 years old to stay on their parents’ healthcare plans, and provides a seamless transition so no one has the rug pulled out from under them.

“Additionally, as a Christian, father and staunch defender of life, I am proud the AHCA defunds Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country, by blocking more than $500 million of taxpayer dollars. This has the strong support of the National Right to Life Committee, which has awarded me a perfect 100 percent rating.

“We will continue to work with the Trump Administration to further stabilize the health insurance market, increase choices, and lower costs for all Americans and families. I encourage the Senate to quickly take up and pass the AHCA so President Trump can finally sign into law the repeal of Obamacare, and we can provide Americans relief and access to affordable plans they need and prefer. After seven years, we are finally putting patients first.”

 

Link: http://dennisross.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398584

 

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Georgia

 

Hank Johnson, Jr. (D)

Congressional District: 4, Georgia

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Newton, Rockdale

Voted: No

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Johnson, Jr. had not released an official statement.

 

Jody Hice (R)

Congressional District: 10, Georgia

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Baldwin, Newton

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Hardworking Americans can no longer bear the high cost of health care in our country, and the time for relief is now. The AHCA promotes policies that will lower health care premiums, stabilize the insurance markets, improve the quality of care, and increase consumer choice, while continuing to provide affordable coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

“The AHCA is not perfect, but repairing the damage of Obamacare, lowering costs, and protecting people with pre-existing conditions is critical to the future of this country, and this legislation is a strong first step. The latest amendment, which dedicates an additional $8 billion to reduce costs for patients with pre-existing conditions, strengthens that commitment. Today’s passage of the AHCA is only the beginning of a long legislative process to fully repeal Obamacare and its harmful policies, which have proven to be disastrous for our health care system. I am proud to be at the forefront of this fight and follow through on the promises we’ve made to the American people.”

Link: http://hice.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1275

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Idaho

 

Raúl Labrador (R)

Congressional District: 1, Idaho

Bush-Obama County in District — Latah

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“All across Idaho, families and small business owners are struggling to keep up with skyrocketing health care costs caused by Obamacare. The people of Idaho know Obamacare is a disaster and want it fully repealed. Since I was first elected to Congress, I’ve been working to repeal Obamacare and that includes opposing the first version of the American Health Care Act.

“Over the last few months, I have been working to improve the AHCA, joining with my colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus. We have negotiated legislation that keeps our promise to the American people to lower health care costs while also protecting those with pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, unlike the first version of AHCA, our bill showed it had enough support to actually pass the House.

“The bill we passed today strikes down Obamacare’s prohibition on less expensive health care plans and the knot of insurance regulations and mandates that are making health coverage so unaffordable. Meanwhile, it sets up a national $130 billion invisible high-risk pool to help offset the cost for those with pre-existing conditions.  

“The Democrats keep insisting the AHCA will eliminate coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. That’s not true, and it’s not the first time the Democrats haven’t told the truth about Obamacare. When they said Obamacare would lower health insurance premiums, it wasn’t true. When they said ‘if you like your health care plan, you can keep your plan,’ it wasn’t true. When they said Obamacare would lower out-of-pocket expenses, it wasn’t true. If they didn’t tell the truth about everything else, why should anyone believe them now about pre-existing conditions?

“Our work is far from done, however. We need to fully repeal Obamacare and I remain committed to doing that. Today’s bill is the best way to eventually get there.”

 

Link: https://labrador.house.gov/press-releases/labrador-votes-for-american-health-care-act/

 

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Illinois

 

Daniel Lipinski (D)

Congressional District: 3, Illinois

Bush-Obama Counties in District — DuPage, Will

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Today, I voted against the House Republicans’ repeal and replace healthcare legislation, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  This version of the bill is even worse than the original version released last month.  As I said at that time, the AHCA will make healthcare less affordable and accessible for millions of Americans, including thousands of residents in my district.  We need to make the Affordable Care Act(ACA) work better, not replace it with a bill that makes Americans worse off.

“According to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) analysis of the original AHCA bill, 24 million fewer Americans would have health insurance in ten years if it became law.  Out-of-pocket costs would rise for millions more.  The impact of the bill passed today would be even worse because the amendments that were added eliminate critical protections contained in the ACA.  For example, insurance companies would no longer be prohibited from charging individuals with pre-existing conditions more for their coverage, meaning that the cost of coverage would be out of reach for the most vulnerable Americans.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have any analysis of the impact of the bill voted on today because it was rushed to the House floor less than 24 hours after the final text was revealed.  This meant that the CBO – and everyone else – had no time to analyze it.  This type of action by congressional leaders is one of the biggest reasons that most Americans are fed up with Congress.  In addition to undermining healthcare access, the bill also includes direct tax cuts for health insurance companies and their executives, as well as tax cuts of about $50,000 a year for those who make more than $1 million.  This is a clear indicator of where priorities lie in this bill.

“While I did not vote for the Affordable Care Act in 2010, I recognize its importance in providing healthcare for countless families across our nation and I cannot support this Republican proposal that would undermine this progress.  I know that the ACA needs to be fixed, and that for many Americans premiums and out-of-pocket costs are too high.  But rather than casting the whole law out and jeopardizing healthcare for millions of Americans, I’ve been working in a bipartisan manner over the last seven years to make changes to the ACA to rein in healthcare costs and increase access so that it works better for families and small businesses.  It’s time for Washington to come out of the deep trenches and join me in a bipartisan effort to fix the ACA and make our healthcare system better.  We owe it to the American people to do just that.”

 

Link: https://lipinski.house.gov/press-releases/lipinski-republican-ahca-wrong-medicine-for-americans/

 

Mike Quigley (D)

Congressional District: 5, Illinois

Bush-Obama County in District — DuPage

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“This afternoon’s vote on the House Floor can best be described with one word: shameful. Today, Republicans put politics over people by moving forward on a bill with only hours’ notice and without an updated cost estimate. Unfortunately, we know the cost it will have on tens of millions of Americans who will lose health care coverage as a result. Quality, affordable care is a right for all, including for our seniors and those with pre-existing conditions who will now be forced to pay considerably higher out-of-pocket costs under this bill.

“I was proud to vote for the Affordable Care Act, which was one of my first votes in Congress. This historic, life-saving law gave people the peace of mind that comes with reliable coverage that doesn’t force a choice between taking care of your well-being and putting food on the table. Prioritizing the fulfillment of campaign promises should never come at the expense of our constituents’ health.

“The American people have every right to be outraged, and I appreciate every individual who has called and emailed to tell us what the ACA means to them and how weakening care will impact their lives. We have heard your concerns loud and clear, and we stand with you. In the face of this reprehensible, perilous bill, I will do everything in my power – through the appropriations process and otherwise – to protect the American people from the consequences of the misguided, selfish action taken today.”  

Link: https://quigley.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/quigley-statement-trumpcare-vote

 

Peter Roskam (R)

Congressional District: 6, Illinois

Bush-Obama Counties in District — DuPage, Kane, Lake

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

Obamacare has failed

  • Premiums are skyrocketing (more than 20% in Illinois this year alone) and insurance companies are dropping out across the country
  • In 3 of the 5 counties that comprise the Sixth District of Illinois, there is only one insurance provider left on the Obamacare exchange
  • Nearly the entire state of Iowa (94 of 99 counties) will be without any insurance provider on the exchange next year
  • Obamacare has already failed – if we do nothing, insurers will continue to exit the marketplace and millions of people will lose coverage

The AHCA will responsibly replace Obamacare

  • The AHCA provides generous tax credits to people who don’t get coverage at work or have access to Medicare or Medicaid
  • It introduces competition and choice into the marketplace to bring down costs and improve access to care
  • The bill reforms Medicaid and provides more than $100 billion to help states provide coverage for those who cannot afford it

Pre-existing conditions will be protected

  • Under no circumstances can people be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition
  • Even if a state obtains a waiver to set up an alternative system, anyone who maintains continuous coverage cannot lose his or her health care
  • States that set up their own system to deal with the high cost of coverage must implement high-risk pools and other protections
  • The bill allocates additional funding to help people who do not maintain continuous coverage

Members of Congress/Staff will be subject to the same rules

  • Members of Congress and congressional staff will be subject to the same rules as everyone else
  • Technicalities prevented this provision from being included in the same bill
  • At the same time as the AHCA vote, the House passed a bill to make sure there is absolutely no exemption for Members of Congress or staff

Link: https://roskam.house.gov/Roskam-Votes-Responsibly-Replace-Obamacare

 

Raja Krishnamoorthi (D)

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Congressional District: 8, Illinois

Bush-Obama County in District — DuPage, Kane

Voted: No

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Krishnamoorthi had not released an official statement.

Bill Foster (D)

Congressional District: 11, Illinois

Bush-Obama Counties in District — DuPage, Kane

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“I was proud to cast my vote against the American Health Care Act. This is the 65th time Republicans have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but now we know what their replacement looks like. It would be an unmitigated disaster for hardworking Americans across this country. The Congressional Budget Office determined that under the original AHCA, 24 million Americans would lose their health insurance. A recent report by the Center for American Progress found that it would destroy nearly two million jobs. It would also slash Medicaid funding, threatening to take away access to treatment for an estimated 1.3 million Americans who suffer from opioid and heroin addiction. The current version was not even scored because the Republican Leadership rushed it to a vote before the CBO could evaluate an amendment added late last night that opens the door for states to gut preexisting condition protections and allow insurance companies to sell plans that don’t cover doctors’ visits, hospital stays or prescription drugs.

The passage of this bill is a tragic symbolic victory; it stands no chance in the Senate. Republicans had an obligation from day one to inform the American people of this legislation’s contents. Instead, they chose to craft it behind closed doors with no transparency for the people they were elected to serve. For seven years, Republicans promised us something better than the Affordable Care Act. In the end, this plan revealed these promises were simply not true. I urge the people that are going to be hurt by this bill to make their voices known as it makes its way through the Senate.”

Link: https://foster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/foster-statement-on-passage-of-american-health-care-act

 

Adam Kinzinger (R)

Congressional District: 16, Illinois

Bush-Obama Counties in District — DeKalb, Will, Winnebago

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“We cannot wait any longer to bring relief to the American people suffering under Obamacare. In Illinois, premiums have gone up more than 40%. Across the country, outrageous deductibles and fewer provider choices are commonplace under Obamacare.

“The so-called ‘Affordable Care’ Act, Obamacare, has had a damaging effect on patient care, insurance coverage and our economy. Today I voted to repeal and replace Obamacare, just as the American people asked for on Election Day.  The AHCA puts patients back in charge of their own healthcare, and includes several layers of protection for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

“This legislation has several steps to go before it becomes law and we have many improvements to make. But today, I acted to move this healthcare reform forward to make real progress for my constituents and our country.”

Link: http://kinzinger.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399529

 

Cheri Bustos (D)

Congressional District: 17, Illinois

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Carroll, Winnebago

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Mr. Speaker, this is NOT how Washington is supposed to work.

We’re supposed to improve the lives of hardworking families. Instead, this reckless and dangerous Trumpcare bill would undermine both the health and economic security of millions of Americans. People like Emily Carlson. She’s a small business owner and mother of two from rural Abingdon, Illinois. She lives with M.S., a lifelong and very expensive pre-existing condition. Before healthcare reform, Emily and her husband, Kevin, a farmer, often had to sit around the table at night, go over their bills and decide between sickness or debt from one month to the next. If this bill passes, that’s a choice they’re going have to face once again. For families like the Carlsons, Trumpcare means higher costs, fewer choices and worse coverage. Trumpcare is a bad deal for Americans, but it’s devastating for rural Americans. Right now there are nearly 700 rural hospitals at risk of closure. This bill will pull the plug on far too many of them…Killing thousands of jobs and ripping the economic heart out of small towns across our nation.It’s time to put hardworking families first. Do the right thing and vote against this bill.

Link: https://bustos.house.gov/video-congresswoman-cheri-bustos-votes-devastating-trumpcare-bill/

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Indiana

 

Peter Visclosky (D)

Congressional District: 1, Indiana

Bush-Obama County in District — Porter

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to the American Health Care Act.

I believe that the purpose of any health care legislation should be to improve the health and well-being of our nation’s citizens, and to allow for access to quality and affordable health care for all.

That is why in the 111th Congress I was proud to support the Affordable Care Act.  As a result of this landmark legislation, 19 million people in the United States now have health insurance coverage who did not before, and over nine-in-ten individuals in my home state of Indiana now have health insurance.

Regretfully, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the legislation we are considering today will leave approximately 14 million more Americans without health insurance by 2018, and this number will continue to rise to an estimated 24 million by 2026.

I am especially concerned that the American Health Care Act will jeopardize the health care coverage of the over 429,000 Hoosiers currently enrolled in Indiana’s expansion of Medicaid, also known as the Healthy Indiana Plan.

Further, I believe it is especially disingenuous that if this bill passes today, this institution will have pushed the financial cuts to programs like the Healthy Indiana Plan conveniently until after the next congressional election.

The Act before us also would negatively impact the health of millions of women and men who receive the medical services provided by Planned Parenthood.  Additionally, it would not improve the well-being of our nation’s elderly by allowing providers to charge older enrollees up to five times as much as younger individuals.

Finally, I would note with great concern that a provision was just added to the American Health Care Act that would remove the requirement that insurers cover life-saving, essential health benefits, including maternal and pediatric services, rehabilitative therapy, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Congress should work to improve the Affordable Care Act and address important health concerns facing ordinary Americans, such as the rising cost of prescription drugs.  But today’s bill does no such thing.

It is unacceptable and I urge my colleagues to oppose this legislation.

Link: https://visclosky.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/visclosky-speaks-in-opposition-to-the-american-health-care-act

 

Luke Messer (R)

Congressional District: 6, Illinois

Bush-Obama County in District — Delaware

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Today is an exciting day for those of us who have been working and fighting to end Obamacare’s reign over this country,” Messer said. “After six years of promises to Hoosiers, we are moving forward to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something far better. This is a step away from more government control of our healthcare and our day-to-day lives, and a return to freedom for all Americans.”

Messer said the American Health Care Act aims to drive down health care costs and increase options for Hoosiers, while keeping protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

“This bill will make a big difference in the lives of countless Hoosiers who have faced skyrocketing premiums, fewer choices and worse coverage under Obamacare,” Messer said. “Despite the rhetoric, this bill keeps protections for those with pre-existing conditions, which is exactly what we promised we would do.”

Link: https://messer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-messer-votes-to-repeal-and-replace-obamacare

 

Larry Bucshon (R)

Congressional District: 8, Indiana

Bush-Obama County in District — Vigo

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Obamacare is collapsing and leaving millions of Americans with nowhere to turn as their premiums skyrocket by 25 percent on average and insurers drop out of the market place. Families have been hit with higher costs and limited choice under this government-mandated, one-size-fits-all system. It would be irresponsible for us to not act to provide them relief. Today’s vote moves us forward on the path to repealing and replacing Obamacare. The American Health Care Act puts patients back in charge of their healthcare decisions, helps drive down costs and expand access to care for everyone, and maintains critical patient protections like coverage for preexisting conditions. Thanks to President Trump, Vice President Pence, and my colleagues in the House for their hard work on this bill that fulfills the promises we made to the American people.”

Link: https://bucshon.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/dr-bucshon-s-statement-health-care-bill-0

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Iowa

 

Rod  Blum (R)

Congressional District: 1, Iowa

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Allamakee, Bremer, Marshall

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Obamacare is collapsing. In Iowa the two largest insurers have already announced their departure from the market, and the third and final insurer is on the verge of leaving as well. This could leave over 70,000 Iowans with zero options for health insurance – it’s clear that something needs to be done.

The AHCA will stabilize the market, lower premiums for Iowans, increase choices, reduce taxes, and protect people who have pre-existing conditions. I withheld my support – against the wishes of my own party – until changes were made to ensure that premiums would come down and that we would take care of those who need help by setting aside over $120 billion to assist citizens with pre-existing conditions. After years of higher costs, fewer choices and broken promises under Obamacare, it’s time to enact a better system that actually works for Americans.”

Link: https://blum.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-blums-statement-ahca-vote

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Kentucky

 

Andy Barr (R)

Congressional District: 6, Kentucky

Bush-Obama County in District — Fayette

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Today is a great day for freedom in America,” said Congressman Barr.  “After seven years of broken promises, lost coverage, skyrocketing premiums, thousands of pages of regulations, tax penalties, collapsing co-ops, fewer jobs, and state exchanges which are now in a death spiral of fewer choices and rising costs – the House of Representatives has taken a critical step in the process that will finally repeal and replace Obamacare.  And we have done so in a way that provides multiple layers of protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”

“Since I first ran for Congress, I promised the people of the Sixth District that I would vote to repeal this broken law and replace it with reforms that will actually lower costs and expand access to care through patient-centered, market-based reforms.  The American Health Care Act accomplishes these goals and more.  It delivers the most important reforms to an entitlement program in American history, it cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion, it protects life and redirects funds from Planned Parenthood to Community Health Centers, and it returns power from the federal government to the states and the people.”

Link: https://barr.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-barr-votes-for-the-american-health-care-act

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Louisiana

 

Garret Graves (R)

Congressional District: 6, Louisiana

Bush-Obama County in District — East Baton Rouge

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Graves had not released an official statement.

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Maine

 

Bruce Poliquin (R)

Congressional District: 2, Maine

Bush-Obama County in District — Washington

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“In the last 48 hours my father suffered a stroke and I had to rush back home from Washington to help him. My own son has an asthma condition—a pre-existing condition. I’ve seen health care up close. We need to do the best job we possibly can when it comes to health care so Maine people get the care they need.”

“I have studied this health care issue carefully with one thing in mind: the People of Maine. I do not work for the Democrats, Republicans, or Washington bosses—I work only for the People of Maine and my focus has been solely on the Maine people.

“Maine is in a unique position in this debate. Many people may not know that Maine, and specifically our own bipartisan health reforms at the State Legislature, have become the core model of this new health care legislation, which includes some of Maine’s models for welfare reforms as well.

“With bipartisan Maine reforms at the center of this new bill, and with Maine having ensured essential health benefits and pre-existing conditions are covered under state laws, I have decided to vote yes on this health care legislation.

“Under Maine’s 2011 bipartisan reforms, those with pre-existing conditions were covered at the same cost as everyone else, with guaranteed coverage. Maine also ensures EHB’s, essential benefits, are always in place through a series of laws confirmed by Maine’s Superintendent of Insurance. I am confident that even if Maine State Government sought a waiver not only would Maine people have essential benefits but pre-existing conditions would fully covered. Our state has already proven it—and our state has proven it can dramatically lower some health insurance premiums and stem the tide of rising costs with its reforms. It has worked in Maine.

“I expect the U.S. Senate to make further changes to this bill as it moves on from the House and I welcome those changes. I hope it comes back stronger and better. This simply moves this issue on to the Senate.

“ObamaCare is failing, and Congress must act to rescue American families.

“We were told, under ObamaCare, if we like our health insurance plan and doctor, we could keep them. We were also told the cost of insurance would drop by about $2,500 per year. Tens of thousands of Mainers switched from their plan at work or were forced to get ObamaCare policies.

“However, the monthly premiums and annual deductibles for these ObamaCare policyholders have skyrocketed. And, premiums—right here in Maine—are going up another 14-26% this year. Families are paying a fortune and sometimes never even using their ObamaCare coverage, because deductibles are so high. Instead, they oftentimes choose to pay a fine to the IRS rather than accept an ObamaCare plan.

“There are only three insurance providers which offer ObamaCare policies in Maine. One of them, Community Health Options in Lewiston lost $58 million last year. Two weeks ago, Anthem announced it would stop offering Maine ObamaCare policies in January if the failing law isn’t changed.

“ObamaCare is failing. We must work to fix this dire situation.

“There are powerful special interest groups in Augusta and Washington trying to scare us into doing nothing. They say if we change the imploding ObamaCare law, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance.

“Families are already losing coverage because their plans have been cancelled by insurance providers.  The special interests say those approaching retirement and the poor won’t be able to afford health insurance if ObamaCare is changed. That’s not true. They can’t afford it now due to high deductibles and increasing premiums.

“If the few providers in Maine offering ObamaCare go under or pull out due to continued massive financial losses, we will have no ObamaCare policies in Maine at all. That is not acceptable.

“I was elected to Congress to fix our serious problems. That’s exactly what I’m doing.  If we don’t fix this ObamaCare problem, it’s going to get worse.

“In Congress, I will continue to push hard to find important solutions to the dire health care problems and challenges for Mainers. ObamaCare is failing and Congress must act to fix it.”

Link: https://poliquin.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-poliquin-s-statement-house-vote-american-health-care-act

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Michigan

 

Jack Bergman (R)

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Congressional District: 1, Michigan

Bush-Obama County in District — Delta

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Back in March, I promised to keep fighting against health care collapse, and today, the House took an affirmative step to deliver on that promise.

“The American Healthcare Act (AHCA) as amended puts health care decisions back in the hands of patients and providers and offers real, choice-based alternatives to Obamacare’s failures. Further, this legislation reaffirms our commitment to protecting people with pre-existing conditions by maintaining that states may not, under any circumstances, waive guaranteed issue of coverage, guaranteed renewability of coverage, or the prohibition against denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

“People in the First District deserve access to high quality care—there’s no question about it. This is the first step in making sure they have that access. This vote is about helping Michiganders manage the unreasonable cost of health care and providing high quality care to every American who wants and needs it.”

Link: http://bergman.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=41

 

John Moolenaar (R)

Congressional District: 4, Michigan

Bush-Obama County in District — Shiawassee

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Today, I voted to keep the promise I made to the voters of my district to rescue Americans from the collapsing health care law that has raised premiums and deductibles and replace it with a better health care system.

“The American Health Care Act is a patient-centered solution that will give Michigan residents more health care choices that are best for them and their family. It includes protections and $138 billion in support for Americans who have preexisting conditions and it allows young adults under age 26 to remain on their parents’ health care.

“It also reforms Medicaid so states have resources to continue caring for individuals the program was meant to protect – children, seniors, and the disabled – for decades to come, and it gives states the flexibility to focus on how to best meet the needs of their own residents.

“This new patient-centered legislation will offer hardworking Michigan residents more health care choices and a stronger safety net that is an improvement over the failed health care law that has limited choices and sent premiums and deductibles soaring across the country.”

Link: https://moolenaar.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/moolenaar-votes-health-care-reform

 

Fred Upton (R)

Congressional District: 6, Michigan

Bush-Obama County in District — Van Buren

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“We know that Obamacare is broken. One out of three counties across the country have only one insurance provider and it looks like it will only get worse as others are on the verge of pulling the plug. Nearly two dozen of the non-profit co-ops have gone belly up. Here in Michigan folks saw their premiums increased by nearly 17 percent. Some forecast a 40-to-50 percent rate increase if nothing happens.

“High premiums, lack of access, rising costs. These don’t just impact Republicans or Democrats. They impact us all. The status quo is simply unacceptable.

“Our legislation is a first step in the right direction to ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare. We expand and enhance Health Savings Accounts. We provide a reasonable transition until 2020 for those on the Medicaid expansion and then grandfather all those folks until they’re off. We help young adults stay on their parents insurance until they’re 26. We provide a monthly tax credit for low and middle-income individuals and families who don’t receive insurance through work or government program.

“We also protect those with pre-existing conditions. I told the president directly this week that I would not support this bill as written without a fix. He took the challenge and we walked him through the problems and potential solutions. Covering those with pre-existing conditions is of the utmost importance to me. Our bill already ensures that insurance companies are prohibited from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Our amendment further protects people from the financial impact associated with having a pre-existing condition.

“No, this process has not been perfect. I have heard from many on both sides of this debate. I pledge to continue listening and will be a constructive partner in making our healthcare system work better for all Americans.”

Link: http://upton.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398796

 

Tim Walberg (R)

Congressional District: 7, Michigan

Bush-Obama County in District — Eaton

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Obamacare is on the brink of collapse and has failed to live up to its many promises. Families and small businesses are facing skyrocketing premiums and insurers are dropping out of the marketplaces leaving behind fewer options. One-third of the counties in the United States only have one insurance provider to choose from and some counties have no choice at all. We told our constituents we would fix the mess Obamacare created, and this legislation is an important step towards undoing the damage and providing relief. It moves power away from Washington, gives flexibility to states, and puts doctors and patients at the center of their health care decisions. It brings back choice and competition, drives down costs, and provides protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. As this bill heads to the Senate, we must continue working on solutions to rescue families from a rapidly collapsing health care system.”

 

Link: https://walberg.house.gov/media/press-releases/walberg-statement-american-health-care-act

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Minnesota

 

Timothy Walz (D)

Congressional District: 1, Minnesota

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Houston, Olmsted

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Instead of improving the parts of our health care system where folks are falling through the cracks, the Republican bill I opposed today does the exact opposite.  It raises out-of-pocket costs for hard-working Minnesota families, strips folks with pre-existing conditions of protections, guts Essential Health Benefits, makes draconian cuts to Medicaid, rips health care away from 24 million of our fellow Americans, and pulls billions of dollars from Medicare to provide tax cuts for pharmaceutical companies, large corporations, and America’s wealthiest citizens. As if these repercussions aren’t catastrophic enough, this fatally flawed bill has the potential to deny up to 7 million veterans of tax credits they use to seek affordable health care.

“This Republican bill, which Speaker Ryan rushed to a vote without holding any hearings and without an updated CBO score to show millions of Americans just how much their pocket books and wellbeing will suffer, is downright cruel. House Republicans who supported it should be ashamed of themselves for abandoning our farmers, small business owners, working-class families, rural Americans, seniors, single parents, folks with disabilities and children.

“It’s not too late for congressional Republicans to abandon their disastrous efforts to tear down our health care system. It’s not too late for Speaker Ryan to invite Democrats to work together toward improving our health care system for the American people. However, the longer my Republican colleagues take to welcome Democrats to the table, the longer hard-working Minnesotans struggling to afford high costs on the individual market will be denied federal relief.

“It’s time for Republicans in Congress to wake up from their partisan slumber and put their constituents and all Americans first. It’s time for Speaker Ryan to work with Democrats to ensure every single American has access to affordable, high-quality health care. I remain committed to working in a bipartisan manner to advance health care reforms that make sense for southern Minnesotans.”

Link: https://walz.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/walz-statement-on-gop-health-care-bill-vote

 

Jason Lewis (R)

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Congressional District: 2, Minnesota

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Dakota, Washington

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Today the House Budget Committee passed the first step towards returning health care choices to families in Minnesota’s 2nd District. I’m proud to be keeping my promise to start real health care reform. The American Health Care Act is about lowering premiums, giving universal access to quality care, and letting the patient choose a plan that works, not the plan government thinks they should have. I look forward to continuing to work for all the Minnesotans who have been hit so hard by Obamacare.”

 

Link: http://jasonlewis.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=25

 

Betty McCollum (D)

Congressional District: 4, Minnesota

Bush-Obama County in District — Washington

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“The passage of Trumpcare is a reflection of President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans’ values: they will abandon the sick and the vulnerable to give tax breaks to billionaires and big corporations.

“This disastrous bill is an all-out attack on children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities. No Senate amendments will ever change that. As we move forward with the legislative process, I will keep fighting for affordable, quality health care for all Americans. We must protect our care.”

Link: https://mccollum.house.gov/media/press-releases/mccollum-statement-house-passage-trumpcare

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Mississippi

 

Trent Kelly (R)

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Congressional District: 1, Mississippi

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Chickasaw, Oktibbeha

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Kelly had not released an official statement.

 

Bennie Thompson (D)

Congressional District: 2, Mississippi

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Copiah, Yazoo

Voted: No

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Thompson had not released an official statement.

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New Hampshire

 

Carol Shea-Porter (D)

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Congressional District: 1, New Hampshire

Bush-Obama County in District — Hillsborough

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“The House just passed a terrible bill that will devastate so many of our citizens. I am disappointed that so many Congressional Republicans voted to take health care away from millions of Americans and to allow insurers to once again discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions,” said Shea-Porter. “While today’s vote was a setback, I will never stop fighting for the people’s right to health care. Now, I urge my colleagues in the Senate to send this bill where it belongs: history.”

“I oppose this cruel bill on behalf of my constituents, especially those it would hurt the most: people with pre-existing conditions, older Americans, veterans, and lower-income people. If this bill passes, we will go back to the days when people with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage or charged more, when insurers could decide whether or not to cover basic care like hospitalization, and when sick babies might hit their insurer’s lifetime coverage limit before they could even walk.

“Under this bill, older Americans will pay more. In fact, Americans aged 50-64 would pay premiums five times higher than others. Veterans will lose access to tax credits that make private coverage affordable. And lower-income people will be hurt. Taking away Medicaid expansion would put affordable coverage out of reach for millions, and set us back in the fight against the heroin, fentanyl, and opioid crisis.

“Instead of this cruel bill, let’s come together to improve health care, not take health insurance from millions just to give tax cuts to the wealthiest. We’re better than that.

Link: https://shea-porter.house.gov/media/press-releases/shea-porter-statement-republican-health-care-bill

 

Ann Kuster (D)

Congressional District: 2, New Hampshire

Bush-Obama County in District — Hillsborough

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Today Republicans in the House put politics ahead of the wellbeing of millions of Americans and thousands of people throughout New Hampshire,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “The American Health Care Act threatens access to healthcare for hardworking families, removes protections for those with pre-existing conditions, increases costs for seven million veterans and Americans over 50 years old, and jeopardizes our response to the opioid addiction epidemic that is impacting communities nationwide. I’m extremely disappointed that my colleagues were so steadfast in their determination to appease the most extreme elements of their party that they disregarded the voices of their constituents. I’ve consistently expressed my willingness to work with Republicans and Democrats to improve our healthcare system for all Americans, but this misguided legislation is not the answer. I hope that as the seriously damaging elements of this bill become more clear the Senate will come together in bipartisan opposition to the AHCA.”

 

Link: https://kuster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kuster-votes-against-american-health-care-act

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New Jersey

 

Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)

Congressional District: 12, New Jersey

Bush-Obama County in District — Somerset

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“The premature victory lap at White House is the latest illustration that this President and his backslappers in Congress care more about politics than the wellbeing of the constituents they swore to protect.

 

While at the White House, House Republicans and the President celebrated the House vote for TrumpCare – an effective slap in the face to millions of men, womenand children nationwide. How callous and out of touch do House Republicans have to be to celebrate stripping health care from more than 24 million Americans, and reneging on pledges to protect people with preexisting conditions? Despite pleas from parents of children born with pre-existing conditions, ill patients who received life-saving care, and the hard-working men, women and their children who showed up at town halls nationwide – House Republicans insist on these UnAmerican attacks against them.

 

“This moment makes me sad and angry; I came to Congress to help people, not to harm them. But, I will continue to fight.”

 

Link: http://watsoncoleman.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=202

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New Mexico

 

Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)

Congressional District: 1, New Mexico

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Hidalgo, Sandoval, Valencia

Voted: No

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Grisham had not released an official statement.

 

Steve Pearce (R)

Congressional District: 2, New Mexico

Bush-Obama County in District — Valencia

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“When the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was passed, it promised the American people lower health care premiums, affordability, more choices, and greater access to care. The reality is, Obamacare failed to deliver on these promises. In New Mexico this means individuals are forced to purchase insurance they either didn’t like, didn’t need, or couldn’t afford. People, families, and small businesses face soaring costs, shrinking access, dwindling choices, and rising taxes. In fact, nationwide, Obamacare is failing more and more every day. Of the 23 co-ops established under the bill, 16 are bankrupt and now closed.

While today’s bill is in no way perfect, it is a step in the right direction. New Mexicans deserve a 21st century health care system based on what they need and want, not what Washington thinks is best for them. The bill passed in the House today will put the power back into the states’ hands so they can decide what is best for their unique populations and will provide care for everyone, including people with pre-existing conditions, those in high-risk pools, and children who wish to continue being covered under their parent’s plans.

For years, I’ve listened to the concerns of New Mexicans who have been negatively affected by Obamacare. I have met with local health care networks, insurance providers, and medical professionals on effective solutions to improve the health care industry in New Mexico. My decision on today’s health care bill, as with all bills, came down to its overall impact on the lives of the New Mexican people. This is a step-by-step approach, of which this is merely the first. I will continue to work in Congress and with leadership to ensure the priorities of New Mexico are represented.”

Link: http://pearce.house.gov/press-release/pearce-statement-american-health-care-act-1

 

Ben Luján (D)

Congressional District: 3, New Mexico

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Los Alamos, Sandoval

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Despite Republican claims to the contrary, passage of this bill will kick 15 to 24 million off of their insurance plans; it strips away guaranteed protections for those with preexisting conditions;  it will raise premiums and deductibles for those lucky enough to still have insurance when the dust settles; it slaps an onerous age tax on those over 50  and it  will cause states to ration care and curb benefits for millions more.

The frantic effort by President Trump and House Republicans to ram through a harmful and disastrous healthcare repeal bill today – with no hearings, with no idea what it will cost or how many people’s lives and health will be destroyed – is nothing short of shameful.

In short, this bill is bad for seniors; it’s bad for veterans; and it’s bad for middle-class and working families – the only people it is good for is Donald Trump and Paul Ryan and their political base. But if this bill ever becomes law, I think Republicans will pay a very steep price when the American people see how harmful this shortsighted and misguided policy will be for them and their families.”

 

Link: https://lujan.house.gov/press-releases/lujan-calls-house-passage-of-trumpcare-bill-shameful/

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New York

 

Sean Maloney (D)

Congressional District: 18, New York

Bush-Obama County in District — Orange

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“This plan is so bad I’ve spent weeks trying to figure out why anyone would support it. It causes 24 million people to lose health care, defunds Planned Parenthood, cuts off health care for millions of veterans, takes nearly $1 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid, and sticks older Americans with skyrocketing insurance bills, all to give another huge tax cut to the rich. The fact that these guys wrote a bill that does all this stuff — on purpose — is hard to get your head around.

“On what planet is it a good idea to allow insurance companies to kick folks with pre-existing conditions off their plans? Who wins when veterans, cancer patients, children with disabilities, pregnant mothers and victims of sexual assault have to pay thousands of dollars more to get worse health care plans that don’t actually cover anything?  

“I’ve been saying since day one, we can bring down costs and make Obamacare work better, without making people pay more money for less coverage or kicking them off health insurance all together – but this sorry excuse for a bill is not the answer.”

Link: https://seanmaloney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/maloney-condemns-house-passage-of-trumpcare

 

John Faso (R)

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Congressional District: 19, New York

Bush-Obama County in District — Otsego

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“After careful review of the changes to the American Health Care Act, I believe that this legislation addresses my concerns and I will support the AHCA as amended.”

 

Link: http://faso.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=300

 

Paul Tonko (D)

Congressional District: 20, New York

Bush-Obama County in District — Saratoga

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed Trumpcare. The bill was changed in the dead of night with little debate. Health experts from the American Cancer Society to AARP to our nation’s hospitals oppose the bill. H.R. 1628 means higher costs for families, increases in premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs.

“This bill would mean women who are pregnant and children with asthma can be priced out of coverage due to preexisting conditions. It means seniors will pay five times more in premiums under a crushing age tax. It means 24 million Americans will lose coverage. And it steals from Medicare and Medicaid, all to give a massive tax break to millionaires and special interests. We are a better, greater nation than this.

“I can only hope Republicans come to their senses and stop this disaster in the U.S. Senate. I encourage everyone to keep up the calls, emails, tweets, posts, letters, etc. The fight to protect our care is not over.”

Link: http://tonko.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=633

 

Elise Stefanik (R)

Congressional District: 21, New York

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Essex, Saratoga, Warren, Washington

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Stefanik had not released an official statement.

 

Claudia Tenney (R)

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Congressional District: 22, New York

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Cortland, Madison, Oswego

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Upstate New Yorkers deserve health care options that empower them, their families and their doctors while preserving coverage protections and peace of mind. Under Obamacare, Americans across the country have lost access to the affordable, quality health care they deserve.

Patients have been hurt, doctors have been burdened, and our families and taxpayers are being crushed by this terrible law and its thousands of pages of onerous, unworkable regulations. Our most vulnerable citizens– seniors, hardworking middle-class families and veterans – are in worse shape now than they were before.

As Obamacare teeters on the brink of collapse, marketplaces in states across the nation continue to flee the exchanges, leaving patients with limited choices and unaffordable coverage options. For a number of families across the 22nd District, premiums are higher than a house payment and deductibles are a third of a year’s salary, while families are left helpless as their insurance plans are abruptly cancelled without notice. Our families did not sign up for this.

Although the American Health Care Act is not a perfect piece of legislation, it is the first step in a comprehensive process to bring choice, affordability, and quality back to health care.

The bill eliminates the individual and employer mandates, which have forced too many Americans to purchase plans they do not want, while burdening our local employers with costly mandates, causing many businesses to close, or lay-off employees.

The American Health Care Act also eliminates harmful taxes imposed by Obamacare that have driven-up costs on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and medical devices. Dismantling these taxes will reduce the burdens on patients, health care providers and our job creators. The bill also provides protections for our most vulnerable, including those with preexisting conditions, while the plan allows young adults to stay on their parents plan until the age of 26.

In an effort to bring tangible tax relief to upstate New York taxpayers for the first time in a generation, I also successfully fought for the inclusion of the Collins-Faso amendment in this final bill. This amendment would relieve Upstate counties of Albany’s egregious and burdensome Medicaid property tax mandate, which costs taxpayers in the 22nd District more than $160 million each year and drives up our local taxes. As a Member of the New York State Assembly, I co-sponsored this bipartisan piece of legislation, and now as a Member of Congress, I am gratified to finally see this initiative pass.

For decades, Albany has forced Upstate counties to bear a disproportionally large share of the state’s Medicaid budget. In 2015, this share amounted to $7.5 billion – seven times more than any other states’ counties contribute. This has caused our property taxes to soar while diverting local money to Albany to subsidize the government’s out-of-control and wasteful spending.

In addition, to ensure that Congress lives by the same standards as the American people and the rules that they legislate, I cosponsored, and voted in favor of, an amendment that would repeal the section of the American Health Care Act that exempts Members of Congress and their staff.

As I said, the final bill is not perfect and there is far more work to be done to get our nation’s health care system to where it should be, but continuing the status quo under Obamacare is unacceptable.

By working through the regulatory and legislative processes, we will continue to improve upon this bill and implement new reforms to increase access to high quality health care services at a price that is truly affordable. Throughout this process, I will continue to listen to the concerns of my constituency and will bring your feedback to Congress.”

Link: https://tenney.house.gov/media/press-releases/congresswoman-claudia-tenney-releases-statement-legislation-repeal-and-replace

 

John Katko (R)

Congressional District: 24, New York

Bush-Obama County in District — Oswego

Voted: No

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Katko had not released an official press release.

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North Carolina

 

G.K. Butterfield, Jr. (D)

Congressional District: 1, North Carolina

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Pitt, Wilson

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“I am deeply disappointed that Republicans have once again decided to abandon the interests of the American people.  Today’s vote in favor of the latest version of Trumpcare, which repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is shameful.

“No matter how Republicans try to spin it, this updated bill still rips health care away from 24 million people.  It still cuts Medicaid by more than $800 billion over the next decade.  It still hands a $1 trillion tax giveaway to corporations.  It still jeopardizes coverage for nearly 300,000 residents of the First Congressional District who have pre-existing conditions.  And it is still the same bill that is supported by just 17 percent of the American people.

“Instead of working together to make coverage more affordable, provide greater choice, and increase the number of those insured, Republicans have refused at every turn to even consider reasonable changes to current law.  Today’s vote confirmed that my Republican colleagues do not understand what is really in this bill and the negative impact it would have on hundreds of thousands of people in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina.

“The American people will surely hold Republicans accountable for their vote today.”

Link: https://butterfield.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/butterfield-statement-on-trumpcare-vote

 

Walter Jones, Jr. (R)

Congressional District: 3, North Carolina

Bush-Obama County in District — Pitt

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“For over seven years, I have heard from the people of Eastern North Carolina about their trials and frustrations with Obamacare.  It is clear that Obamacare is not working.  That is why I voted against the bill that created it in 2010, and have continuously voted to repeal it. Now in 2017, for reasons I cannot understand, instead of moving a bill to repeal Obamacare and replace it with reforms that will fix our broken health care system, the Washington Republican leadership jammed a bill through the House that does neither.  Furthermore, the rushed, behind-closed-doors process they’ve used is shameful.  Over the past several weeks, they cut deal after deal to secure members’ support, and then pushed the bill to the floor without a CBO score.  As a result, no one has any idea how much those deals will cost the American taxpayers, or how they might affect the cost, quality and availability of health insurance coverage for American families.  Seven years ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously said of the Obamacare bill: ‘You have to pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it.’ Sadly, the Washington Republican leadership is repeating the same mistakes.”  

“Furthermore, there are many aspects of the bill that deeply trouble me because of their potential effects on Eastern North Carolina and rural America.  For example, the bill discriminates against as many as 7 million American veterans by making them ineligible to receive tax credits provided in the bill.  It would also result in low-to-middle income seniors paying dramatically higher premiums.”

“Over the past two months, thousands of Eastern North Carolinians of all political stripes have contacted my office about the AHCA. Well over 90 percent are opposed to the bill.  I asked for this job to represent the people of Eastern North Carolina, and they have spoken clearly.”

Link: https://jones.house.gov/press-release/jones%E2%80%99-statement-american-health-care-act

 

David Price (D)

Congressional District: 4, North Carolina

Bush-Obama County in District — Wake

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“After seven years of empty promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans finally seem to have cut enough backroom deals to pass a cobbled-together abomination of a bill. And what a bill it is: this legislation will take affordable health care away from more than 24 million Americans, allow insurers to discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions, cause premiums and out-of-pocket costs to skyrocket, and threaten women’s health and special education.

“Incredibly, House Republicans – the self-described champions of fiscal restraint and open government – are forcing a vote on legislation introduced late last night that has not been scored by the CBO and which many members admit they haven’t had a chance to read. The only thing we know for certain is that it would cut the numbers of people covered, and the quality of their coverage, more than the Republican bill that collapsed in the House last month. A word of advice for Speaker Ryan: if you’re going to pass a bill that will jeopardize the lives of tens of millions of Americans, you should at least have the integrity to do so with full information and transparency.”

 

Link: https://price.house.gov/press-releases/price-statement-on-republican-health-care-repeal/

 

Virginia Foxx (R)

Congressional District: 5, North Carolina

Bush-Obama County in District — Forsyth

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“For seven long years, families and small businesses have suffered the devastating consequences of Obamacare. Costs are skyrocketing, choices are diminishing, small businesses are struggling, and jobs are being destroyed. That’s what the American people have been forced to live with, and that’s why Republicans promised to provide a better way. We are on a rescue mission, and this vote is an important step in repealing a failed law and delivering free-market, patient-centered solutions.

 

“Today’s action represents an important moment for our country and a central part of our broader effort to deliver health care relief for working families. Already, the House passed reforms that will empower small businesses to band together to offer working families greater access to affordable health coverage. These are the kind of smart, responsible health care solutions that the American people need, and we are determined to deliver.”

 

Link: http://foxx.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399048

 

Alma Adams (D)

Congressional District: 12, North Carolina

Bush-Obama County in District — Forsyth

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“I was shocked to see my Republican colleagues cheer as they stripped 24 million Americans of their health coverage.TrumpCare will not strengthen our Healthcare system.  Instead, it will raise premiums for seniors and working families by an average of 25-29% during the first two years. TrumpCare also guts essential health benefits, such as preventative, prenatal, and mental health care, and coverage for preexisting conditions like asthma, diabetes, and pregnancy.

“The GOP championed an $8 billion dollar fund to establish high risk pools for Americans with preexisting conditions but they failed to explain that the funding will be distributed over five years and across the nation, likely only helping 76,000 Americans. This is not an adequate solution; millions of Americans with preexisting conditions will be priced out of their insurance coverage all together. This is a dangerous bill that, not only makes America sick again, but gives a $600 billion dollar tax break to big corporations and the rich.

“Today, my Republican colleagues shamefully put partisan politics before the American people. But the fight for our healthcare is far from over. TrumpCare now moves to the Senate and I urge North Carolinians to contact our Senators and demand a ‘no’ vote.”

Link: https://adams.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/adams-condemns-house-passage-trumpcare

 

Ted Budd (R)

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Congressional District: 13, North Carolina

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Wake, Wilson

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“If history is any guide I’ll take around 2,000 votes this Congress.  Most of them will be forgotten.  This is not one of those votes.  This vote marks the beginning of the end of Obamacare as we know it.  The failure of that law can be seen in the double-digit premium increases and monopoly situation in the individual insurance market in our state.  

 

Ultimately, the legislative process is a human process with all the flaws that entails.  The results of that process are never perfect, and this bill isn’t either. What I believe it will do is significantly reduce insurance premiums in our state, and help put the individual insurance marketplace on a more sound financial footing. This day has been a long time coming, and its cause lies in the determination of millions of Americans to reclaim power over their healthcare from the federal government.  I’m proud to support the American Health Care Act.”

 

Link: https://budd.house.gov/media/press-releases/budd-support-american-health-care-act

 

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Ohio

 

Brad Wenstrup (R)

Congressional District: 2, Ohio

Bush-Obama County in District — Hamilton

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Thoughtful negotiations have produced a stronger, better bill to begin the extremely challenging  process of unwinding Obamacare and addressing the healthcare needs of all Americans. Many voices have been heard and important adjustments made over the past few weeks. As the bill stands now, I support it as a significant step towards a more market-oriented system that will provide patients with more options and make health insurance more affordable for all Americans. As a doctor, I believe it would be malpractice to allow Obamacare to continue to crumble. It’s time to get the ball rolling and send this bill to Senate.”

 

Link: http://wenstrup.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399768

 

Jim Jordan (R)

Congressional District: 4, Ohio

Bush-Obama County in District — Sandusky

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“The legislation that passed the House today is better because of the intense involvement of conservatives over the past few weeks. While it is not full repeal, it is a crucial first step to fulfilling that promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress to make this legislation better and to fulfill our promise to the American people.”

 

Link: http://jordan.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398126

 

Robert Latta (R)

Congressional District: 5, Ohio

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Ottawa, Wood

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“It’s very evident that Obamacare is failing the American people, and its problems continue to grow. Just yesterday, more than 70,000 Iowans found out they might not have a single insurer to purchase insurance from on their exchanges next year. Last year, more than 5.5 million people decided to pay an IRS penalty instead of purchasing insurance they can’t afford. The promises of Obamacare have been thoroughly broken, and the problems it has foisted on hardworking families can’t be ignored. Constituents in my district have told me about skyrocketing premiums, difficultly using their insurance, and the lack of choices they face thanks to Obamacare. Out of the 14 counties I represent, four are facing a reality where there won’t be a single insurer available on the exchanges, and another five counties will most likely only have one insurer available.

“The AHCA keeps in place protections for pre-existing conditions while giving states more flexibility to improve their health care marketplaces and bring down the cost of insurance. At the same time, the bill repeals Obamacare’s burdensome mandates and costly taxes that hurt Ohio families and small businesses, and it establishes a Patient and State Stability Fund that will provide funding to states so they can implement policies that work best for their citizens. The legislation also makes needed reforms to the Medicaid program while ensuring a stable transition during the implementation of the AHCA.

“Our health care system desperately needs rescuing from the disaster that is Obamacare, and that’s why I voted to pass the American Health Care Act and provide much needed relief for Ohioans.”

 

Link: http://latta.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398392

 

Marcy Kaptur (D)

Congressional District: 9, Ohio

Bush-Obama County in District — Ottawa

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“It is shameful that Republican leaders in Congress are ramming through this bill before the American people, or Congress, can even read it.  

“So intent to fulfill a campaign ruse and reward insurance companies again, House Republicans are lurching ahead without even waiting for the nonpartisan experts at the Congressional Budget Office to tell us the real costs of the bill.

“This legislation will impact every single person in this country and without this vital analysis, it is uncertain how this proposal would impact Ohio, where we have successfully expanded coverage to 900,000 individuals.

“TrumpCare part two is the same bill it was before, a giant tax cut for the rich at the expense of 24 million people who would lose their insurance. Except for this time, they are gutting critical consumer protections like the ban on dropping coverage because of pre-existing conditions. The American people need a helping hand and this bill is a slap in the face.”

Link: https://kaptur.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kaptur-statement-opposing-harmful-trumpcare-bill

 

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Oregon

 

Earl Blumenauer (D)

Congressional District: 3, Oregon

Bush-Obama County in District — Clackamas

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Today’s vote is a disgrace. There will be real-life, devastating consequences for working families, people with disabilities and pre-existing conditions, women and children, and seniors. Republicans should be ashamed. America will hold them accountable.”

 

Link: https://blumenauer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/blumenauer-statement-house-passage-gop-health-care-bill-republicans

 

Kurt Schrader (D)

Congressional District: 5, Oregon

Bush-Obama County in District — Clackamas, Tillamook

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“I’m at a loss for words, frankly,” said Rep. Schrader. “This is a bad piece of legislation that is going to strip healthcare from millions of people, dramatically hike up premiums for everyone, and cost taxpayers everywhere more money. Not to mention it cuts one of the most important pieces of Obamacare: protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

 

“Over the last two months, we’ve seen turbulence in the health insurance market as Republicans tried unsuccessfully to push through versions of this bill. After talking with our state insurance commissioner, patients, insurers, and providers, everyone agrees that this Republican repeal bill adds uncertainty that will dramatically jack up premiums in our state.

 

“Meanwhile, in Oregon, hundreds of thousands are going to lose their health care because this bill severely cuts low income folks’ access to coordinated care on Oregon Health Plan. The bottom line is this is a terrible bill that is going to do so much more harm than good for every Oregonian and every American. Today, political rhetoric trumped what’s best for the American people.”

 

Link: http://schrader.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=390763

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Pennsylvania

 

Scott Perry (R)

Congressional District: 4, Pennsylvania

Bush-Obama County in District — Dauphin

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“The Affordable Care Act is broken. Over the last seven years, we’ve seen less choice and skyrocketing costs for basic medical care. Five states and one-third of U.S. counties have one choice for health insurance this year. Premiums are up about 25 percent this year. Hundreds of constituents have shared their stories of how rising costs devastate their families and small businesses,” said Perry.

 

“For these and other reasons, I made a commitment to the people of my district to repeal the Affordable Care Act; and I have every intention of fulfilling that commitment.”

 

“While it’s important to recognize the American Health Care Act (AHCA) does not repeal the Affordable Care Act in full, it is a first step, albeit an imperfect one. Recent changes in the AHCA will give states more flexibility to tailor health care policies to meet the specific needs of its citizens and help reduce premium costs over time, while explicitly maintaining protections for those with pre-existing conditions.”

 

I will support these changes, but will continue my efforts to improve our health care system and lower costs for the hard-working people of the 4th District.”

 

Link: http://perry.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398522

 

Lou Barletta (R)

Congressional District: 11, Pennsylvania

Bush-Obama County in District — Dauphin

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“As we speak, Obamacare is collapsing. This disaster of a health care law threw people off their preferred plans, eliminated access to their favorite doctors, and on average, increased Pennsylvanians’ premiums by 32 percent.  This bill is not the final product, but rather a starting point for a better health care plan that will drive down costs, restore choice, continue protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions so that they cannot be denied coverage, and ensure that Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars go only to American citizens.  Today, I also voted to block members of Congress and their staff from receiving any special health care benefits. Sticking the American people with Obamacare was simply not an option, and today we took a necessary step to repair that damage.”

 

Link: https://barletta.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/barletta-votes-to-repeal-and-replace-obamacare

 

Charles Dent (R)

Congressional District: 15, Pennsylvania

Bush-Obama County in District — Dauphin

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“I am disappointed that the House passed this bill which I believe will increase health insurance costs – particularly for low-to-moderate income Americans, increase the number of uninsured by up to as many as 24 million people, and undermine important protections for those living with pre-existing conditions. It is my hope that cooler heads will prevail in the Senate and that they will produce a better bill that is focused on improving healthcare for all Americans rather than the haphazardly constructed and hastily considered House bill. Healthcare reform should be about improving care for the American people.  Too much time and energy has been spent on meeting arbitrary deadlines and artificial timelines, all to improve the budget baseline for tax reform. We can and must do better.”

 

Link: https://dent.house.gov/pressreleases?ID=C174BDC4-5158-4B68-B69A-958BCA73EB11

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Texas

 

Ted Poe (R)

Congressional District: 2, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Harris

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Seven years ago, President Obama signed Obamacare into law, promising government health care for all, a fraudulent entitlement that he knew could not be delivered. In the years since, the Affordable Care Act has failed and imploded faster than anyone ever imagined. Skyrocketing premiums, lower quality of care and job killing regulations are just a few of the ways Obamacare has burdened individuals and businesses. This law is not sustainable, and doing nothing is not an option, so today we voted to repeal the failing Obamacare system and replace it with one that offers affordable, quality care. This repeal and replace legislation is a step in the right direction with further administrative reforms and separate legislation also needed down the road.

I supported the bill for a number of reasons:

For starters, this bill helps to make premiums affordable for everyone by providing tax credits. Texas has the highest number of uninsured Americans of any state in the nation. Millions of Texans lack health insurance because they either can’t afford to purchase it or they are not covered by an employer. This legislation provides the uninsured with an opportunity to buy health insurance in an affordable way with tax credits if they choose to do so This bill also sets aside $85 billion dollars for the purpose of providing tax credits for Americans over 50 who are not insured by an employer or on Medicaid to help them buy insurance that they may not be able to afford otherwise.   

The American Health Care Act empowers individuals to make their own decision on whether or not they want to purchase health insurance. In my opinion, the individual mandate is unconstitutional. This bill removes that. Furthermore, it eliminates the employer mandate, which required employers to purchase health insurance for their workers or pay a penalty and which has forced businesses to not create new jobs, fire employees, or even close their doors.

Contrary to the heated, false rhetoric, this bill protects Americans with pre-existing conditions by ensuring that health insurers cannot deny coverage to people solely because of a pre-existing condition. As a cancer patient myself, I know the importance of this, and I know how important it is for the 27% of Americans with preexisting conditions.  The bill also includes a provision that prevents insurance companies from charging higher premiums to individuals based on the fact that they have a pre-existing condition.  The legislation permits states to apply for a waiver of this prohibition through the Department of Health and Human Services, but only if the state has chosen to offer another coverage option, like risk-sharing pools or reinsurance. No matter what: no person can be charged more money based on a pre-existing condition if they maintain continuous insurance coverage. In fact, the legislation allocates $138 billion for risk-sharing programs which help protect those with preexisting conditions.  It also allows young Americans under age 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance plans.

Under Obamacare, the federal government seized the power to determine the ten essential health benefits that insurance companies were mandated to cover. This bill transfers that power to the states, who can apply for an exemption to these mandates if they have a high-risk insurance pool to help ensure coverage for their citizens. It also provides $15 billion in safeguards to cover coverage costs for mental health care, substance abuse, and/or maternity care.

The bill defunds Planned Parenthood and redirects $500 million to community health centers, which are spread across our district and the nation. These centers provide important women’s health and cancer screenings. The bill also expands tax-free health care savings accounts for those with high-deductible insurance plans. It doubles the amount that individuals can contribute to their accounts.

This bill gives Americans the choice over whether or not they buy health care, and it provides extensive resources and financial incentives for them to be able to do so.  Obamacare has failed; it is time for a new path forward driven by individuals and their doctors, not politicians in Washington. This bill is the first step forward on that path.”

Link: http://poe.house.gov/press-releases?ID=DF665FBD-756E-4208-90F9-9D8E74EC4F2E

 

Jeb Hensarling (R)

Congressional District: 5, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Dallas

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Hensarling had yet to release an official statement.

 

John Culberson (R)

Congressional District: 7, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Harris

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Culberson had yet to release an official statement.

 

Kevin Brady (R)

Congressional District: 8, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Harris

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Brady had yet to release an official statement.

 

Al Green (D)

Congressional District: 9, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Harris

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“The House Republican bill, H.R. 1628, does not save healthcare. This bill will not provide for the health needs of millions of Americans. It will not cover all pre-existing conditions. It will put millions of healthcare dollars in the pockets of the very wealthy.

“This legislation will eliminate healthcare coverage for 24 million Americans. This is a careless political scheme to win elections, and line the pockets of the wealthy at the expense of the health and financial futures of hard-working Americans.

“In Texas, more than 1.8 million individuals who have gained coverage since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented could lose coverage if this Trumpcare bill becomes law. Almost 1 million individuals in our state who received financial assistance to purchase Marketplace coverage in 2016 are at risk of having coverage become unaffordable when the Republican Congress eliminates the paid for subsidies in the ACA.

“Trumpcare means less care for Americans who will buy cheap health insurance policies and find they are worthless when they get sick and need care. This is tax care for the 400 richest families, who will receive about $7 million healthcare dollars in their pockets if this bill becomes law.

“The House GOP passed a bill that may result in the deaths of thousands of working people each year. Trumpcare is fundamentally unsound. The American people will hold House Republicans and the Trump Administration accountable.”

Link: http://algreen.house.gov/press-release/congressman-al-green%E2%80%99s-statement-house-passage-trumpcare

 

Michael McCaul (R)

Congressional District: 10, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Harris

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“The choice before me today was clear: vote to continue with the status quo and keep the failing system of Obamacare intact or vote in support of a plan to repeal and replace it.  For years, my constituents have asked me to work to repeal and replace Obamacare, and I promised them I would.  Today, I kept that promise to my constituents and to the American people.

I ultimately voted in support of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) because it begins to crumble the foundation Obamacare stands on by ending the individual mandate and cutting taxes that have financially burdened hardworking Americans for years.  My vote for the AHCA is the first step towards building a stronger foundation for our nation’s healthcare system.  We need a market-based, patient-centered approach designed to provide affordable and accessible healthcare for all Americans. It must empower the American people to make their own choices instead of allowing unelected bureaucrats in Washington to make it for them.

As the founder of the Childhood Cancer Caucus, I am proud to note that the AHCA provides safeguards for people with pre-existing conditions.  The bill will provide states with the flexibility to lower health insurance premium prices through a waiver that will only be given to states with high-risk pools and other protections in place.  For states seeking a waiver, this bill also provides an additional $8 billion – bringing the total amount of funds to $138 billion – to allow people with pre-existing conditions who haven’t maintained continuous coverage to acquire affordable care.

I look forward to continuing to work with the President and my colleagues in Congress to make good on our promise to provide affordable, accessible, and quality health care to all Americans.”

Link: https://mccaul.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/mccaul-statement-on-passage-of-ahca

 

Sheila Jackson Lee (D)

Congressional District: 18, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Harris

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Today, no mercy was shown to the sickest Americans and we witnessed the destruction of American health care #NoTrumpCare” (via Twitter)

 

Link: https://twitter.com/JacksonLeeTX18/status/860243236526358528

 

Jodey Arrington (R)

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Congressional District: 19, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Bexar

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“All Americans—Republican and Democrat alike—want affordable care for their families, but I believe that competition and choice is the best path to our desired outcome—not government mandates and regulations.

“Today, I am proud that Republicans united to deliver on our promise and advance our vision of reining in government and restoring liberty, by taking a solid step towards repealing Obamacare.

“As I have said before, there is no such thing as perfect legislation, but I leveraged every opportunity, as the only Republican Member from Texas on the House Budget Committee, to make major improvements—such as including work requirements, increasing state flexibility, and defunding Planned Parenthood—all of which were included in the final bill.

“Today’s vote represents relief for our middle-class families, a return to Constitutional freedoms, and a restoration of power to the American people. I am excited for the future of our nation and hopeful that we can hand our country to the next generation better than we found it.”

Link: https://arrington.house.gov/media/press-releases/arrington-ahca-passage-competition-and-choice-best-path-affordable-care

 

Joaquín Castro (D)

Congressional District: 20, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Bexar

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Republicans’ healthcare bill lets state leaders in Austin abandon Texans who have preexisting conditions. States will have the option to allow insurance companies to inflict devastatingly high premiums on people suffering from ailments like cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, and Parkinson’s disease. After allowing foster children to sleep in CPS offices and sex trafficking victims to spend the night in prison, I don’t trust our Governor to do the right thing and look out for sick folks in our state.”

 

Link: https://castro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/castro-statement-house-passage-republican-healthcare-legislation

 

Lamar Smith (R)

Congressional District: 21, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Bexar

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Smith had yet to release an official statement.

 

Will Hurd (R)

Congressional District: 23, Texas

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Bexar, Val Verde

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Since the implementation of Obamacare, I’ve told my constituents that the only meaningful metric when it comes to healthcare is actual access to quality, affordable care – not just health insurance. While the goal of Obamacare was to make healthcare more accessible and more affordable, it has done just the opposite. Likewise, while the goal of the American Health Care Act was to combat the skyrocketing premiums and outrageous deductibles millions of Americans face, it too, falls short.

“We must provide relief, but unfortunately, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in its current form does not address the concerns of many of my constituents, including adequate protections for those with pre-existing conditions and the challenges faced by rural healthcare providers. I am unable to turn my back on these vulnerable populations because I believe we can and must do better for the American people.  

“I will not support the AHCA in its current form and hope that we can continue making improvements to fix our broken healthcare system.”

Link: https://hurd.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/hurd-statement-american-health-care-act-vote

 

Kenny Marchant (R)

Congressional District: 24, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Dallas

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“In November, the American people voted for relief from the skyrocketing costs of health insurance. The legacy of Obamacare is out-of-control premiums, fewer choices for patients, and unaffordable deductibles. Today, I voted again to repeal and dismantle Obamacare. After listening to the concerns of my constituents regarding pre-existing conditions, after significant patient protections were added, and after ensuring Congress was not exempted from this legislation, I support advancing this bill to the Senate. American health insurance is in crisis, reform is not a choice, it’s a necessity.

“Right now one-third of all counties in the United States have only one insurance option and that number is climbing. Just yesterday it was reported that the entire state of Iowa could be left with no individual options to purchase health insurance in 2018. This crisis won’t fix itself. Millions of Americans have opted to pay a fine to the government and remain uninsured because it’s actually cheaper than Obamacare premiums.

“Continued improvements will be made to stabilize the industry that’s crumbling around us. This is about dismantling the Obamacare regulations that have hurt so many families and businesses in Texas. Right now, an elderly couple in Texas making $80,000 a year is mandated by Washington to buy one-size-fits-all insurance they don’t want or need. Under the AHCA, this couple would now receive an $8,000 tax credit to buy insurance that actually fits their lifestyle. Conservative principles like this have been part health insurance discussions for decades.

“We’ve seen what happens when Washington bureaucrats take charge of health insurance – health care plans you’re forced to buy but can’t afford to use. Choosing between Obamacare and the American Health Care Act is a false choice, because Obamacare is collapsing. Saying no is easy, saving insurance for American families before it’s gone is worth a yes.”

Link: https://marchant.house.gov/2017/05/04/marchant-advances-american-health-care-act-senate

 

Henry Cuellar (D)

Congressional District: 28, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Bexar

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“TrumpCare would be a disaster for the people of Texas. It will strip health care from 24 million Americans. Many of the rest will get less coverage at a higher cost, especially people over 50, who will face a crushing age tax even if they are healthy. That’s more than 185,000 people just in my district.

And anyone with a pre-existing condition will be put at extreme risk. It steals from Medicare and even cuts services for children in special education, leaving their families with fewer options.

It is also financially irresponsible; the independent Congressional Budget Office has not even had a chance to score this legislation, so we don’t know what it will cost our taxpayers.

I represent one of the highest uninsured populations in Congress. This bill hurts the most vulnerable to help the most powerful. It gives the richest 400 Americans (including the President and most of his Cabinet) an average $7 million tax cut by cutting Medicaid for poor children. That’s not what my constituents in Texas sent me to Congress to do.

A few weeks ago, I held a telephone town hall meeting with members of my district, to hear their concerns about health care. One constituent, a breast cancer survivor, shared her story. She is alive today because a cancer screening found a tumor. But the Republican plan will take preventive care like cancer screenings away from many Americans, including some on employer-sponsored plans. She wondered if her neighbors and friends would die from treatable cancers, without access to those life-saving screenings.

Because of constituents like her, I plan to vote against this legislation. I urge my colleagues, Democrats and Republicans, to do the same.”

 

Link: http://cuellar.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401154

 

Eddie Johnson (D)

Congressional District: 30, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Dallas

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Today’s vote for the Trumpcare bill is disgraceful and hurtful to the American people. This Republican-led bill did not afford the American people time to hear debate while lacking transparency,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “We also never received an official score from the Congressional Budget Office stating how many Americans would be negatively impacted and the amount of money it will cost the nation.”

“What happened today has stripped away the basic fundamental right of health care for everyone. My office received numerous calls from constituents in the 30th district, health care professionals and health care advocates opposing this bill. Additionally there seems to still be a divide because there were a number of my Republican colleagues who opposed this bill as well.”

“This bill is not perfect and it is our job as elected officials to represent the bests interests of the American people. So we should not be supporting or applauding the passage of this most recent bill when it makes coverage unaffordable to those with pre-existing conditions and imposes an age tax on seniors who are the most vulnerable.”

“Unfortunately, an opportunity was wasted to really work together to address the current issues of the Affordable Care Act, but it will be up to the Senate to take up this bill. I urge my Senate colleagues to act with humility and do their due diligence to safeguard health care affordability and coverage for everyone.”

Link: https://ebjohnson.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-eddie-bernice-johnson-releases-statement-after-the-passage

 

Pete Sessions (R)

Congressional District: 32, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Dallas

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Obamacare is a discriminatory system that picks winners, creates losers, and oppresses American people who are trying to keep their families healthy.  It is a failing system that restricts choice, makes health care unaffordable for American families, and is a major reason why our economy has seen stagnant growth since 2010.

“Although today’s vote is a first step to address the failures of the current health care law, we must be deliberate, thoughtful, and responsible in working to produce a sustainable solution to fix our broken healthcare system.  Health care is an issue that impacts every single American.  While this bill is not perfect, I believe it is far superior to the health care system we have now.

“It is my hope that my colleagues in the Senate will continue to use this time to develop a better system that brings millions more of Americans to the health care system, not millions less.  We have a real opportunity to effectively fix health care, and I hope we can continue to work together to do so.”

 

Link: https://sessions.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/sessions-statement-american-health-care-act

 

Marc Veasey (D)

Congressional District: 33, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Dallas

Voted: No

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Veasey had yet to release an official statement.

 

Brian Babin (R)

Congressional District: 36, Texas

Bush-Obama County in District — Harris

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

As of May 5th, Babin has not released an official statement.

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Vermont

 

Peter Welch (D)

At-Large, Vermont

Bush-Obama County in District — Essex

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“24 million Americans lose coverage, age tax, sick pay more or lose care, rural hospitals in red #seriously? #HellNo” (vita Twitter)

 

https://twitter.com/PeterWelch/status/860177065643044865

 

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Virginia

 

Robert Wittman (R)

Congressional District: 1, Virginia

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Prince William, Westmoreland

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“It is clear the Affordable Care Act is failing and must be fixed. Having reviewed the text of the bill and the Upton and MacArthur Amendments, I believe this legislation does what is necessary to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, meets the principles for health care reform I laid out several months ago, and puts in place policies that will expand health care choices, increase access to care, and reduce costs.

“This is the first step in a multi-step legislative and administrative process that will give individuals and families more control and choice over their health care decisions while increasing flexibility for states to deliver quality, affordable health care options to their residents.”

Link: http://wittman.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1304

 

Bobby Scott (D)

Congressional District: 3, Virginia

Bush-Obama County in District — Henrico

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“@HouseGOP passed #TrumpCare. That means 24 million Americans will lose coverage, increase premiums, decrease benefits & a tax cut for the wealthy.” (via Twitter)

 

Link: https://twitter.com/BobbyScott/status/860220275786383360

 

Dave Brat (R)

Congressional District: 7, Virginia

Bush-Obama County in District — Henrico

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“There is no debate that Obamacare is failing under its own weight. Too many Virginia families on Obamacare have seen  double-digit premium increases year after year. Just this week Virginia saw another health insurance provider exit the marketplace due to skyrocketing prices, reducing the choices available to Virginia families.

 

My yes vote today was about keeping the promise I made to my constituents to work towards lowering health care costs. While the AHCA does not fully repeal Obamacare as I had hoped, it is an important step towards reducing premiums and returning health care decision-making back to the American people. The AHCA rolls back Obamacare mandates and repeals economy crippling taxes while maintaining basic protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

 

Our work is not done. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to improve the bill. And I remain committed to fully repealing Obamacare.”

 

Link: http://brat.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=418

 

Barbara Comstock (R)

Congressional District: 10, Virginia

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Loudon, Manassas, Prince William, Winchester

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Healthcare is a very personal life and death issue.  My goals on healthcare reform are to provide patient-centered reforms that provide better access to high quality, affordable care and covers preexisting conditions without lifetime limits.  I did not support the AHCA today because of the many uncertainties in achieving those goals.  As the process moves forward I hope that we can continue to work together to fix our broken healthcare system. We have seen over the past year more bad news of skyrocketing premiums, rising deductibles, and fewer choices for millions of American families.  The status quo is unsustainable and we need to find real solutions for the American people.”      

Link: https://comstock.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-comstock-statement-ahca

 

Gerald Connolly (D)

Congressional District: 11, Virginia

Bush-Obama County in District — Prince William

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“Trumpcare 3.0. No hearings. No CBO score. No idea how many people will be affected.

 

This morning the House GOP will attempt to gut the protection on pre-existing conditions. Don’t be fooled. The Upton amendment is a fig leaf that won’t cover much. The Affordable Care Act can be improved. This vote today, however, is a step towards dismantling the ACA and it will hurt real people. The American public will hold the GOP accountable.”

Link: https://connolly.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=976

 

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Wisconsin

 

Paul Ryan (R)

Congressional District: 1, Wisconsin

Bush-Obama County in District — Racine

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you. Thank you for your leadership. There are too many people to name who played such an important role in helping us to get this part.

“I want to thank a few people in particular. I want to thank Chairmen Greg Walden, Kevin Brady, Diane Black, Pete Sessions, and the members of their committees for all the hard work they put in to getting us to this point. I want to thank all the other members who contributed to making this the best bill possible. It really was a collaborative, consensus-driven effort.

“I also want to thank the team here at the White House. I want to thank Tom Price, I want to thank Mick Mulvaney, and I especially want to thank Reince Priebus—we could not have done this without you gentlemen. You guys are the best.

“And of course, this would not have been possible if it weren’t for these two gentlemen behind me. This is the fourth presidency I have served with. I have never, ever seen any kind of engagement like this. I want to thank Mike Pence and I want to thank President Donald Trump for their personal involvement in working with our members and working to get this right, for getting this done, and getting us to where we are. Thank you, gentlemen.

“Today was a big day, but it is just one step in this process. An important step. We still have a lot of work to do to get this signed into law. And I know that our friends over in the Senate are eager to get to work. They are.

“We’re going to see that work through. You know why we’re going to see this work through? Because the issues are just too important. The stakes are just too high. The problems facing American families are real. And the problems facing American families as a result of Obamacare are just too dire and too urgent.

“Just this week, just this week, we learned of another state—Iowa—where the last remaining health care plan is pulling out of 94 of their 99 counties, leaving most of their citizens with no plans on the Obama market at all.

“What kind of protection is Obamacare if there are no plans to choose from? And this is a trend that we’re seeing all across the country.

“The truth is this law has failed, and it is collapsing. Premiums are skyrocketing and choices are disappearing. And it is only getting worse, spiraling out of control.

“And that is why we have to repeal this law and put in place a real, vibrant marketplace with competition and lower premiums for families. That’s what the American Health Care Act is all about.

“It makes health care more affordable, it takes care of our most vulnerable, and it shifts power from Washington back to the states, and most importantly, back to you, the patient.

“Like I said, we’ve got a lot of work to do, but one thing is now clear: Republicans are committed to keeping our promise to lift the burden of Obamacare from the American people and put in place a better, more patient-centered system.”

 

Link: http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/speaker-ryan-white-house-republicans-are-committed-keeping-our-promise

 

Mark Pocan (D)

Congressional District: 2, Wisconsin

Bush-Obama County in District — Richland

Voted: No

Full Statement:

“This so-called health care plan is a disaster. The reality is that under Trumpcare, 24 million Americans could lose their health insurance and it will likely remove protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Older Americans are going to pay up to 5 times more than others for their health care. On top of that is $600 billion in tax cuts to the wealthiest in this country, insurance companies, and Big Pharma. That’s what the Republicans in Congress and President Trump are all about. Those are their priorities. Unfortunately, the American people did not make that list.”

Link: https://pocan.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-pocan-trumpcare-is-a-disaster

 

Glenn Grothman (R)

Congressional District: 6, Wisconsin

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Marquette, Winnebago

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“Obamacare is a proven disaster. Premiums have skyrocketed, quality of care has suffered and, more and more, Washington has exerted itself into what should be private, trusted doctor-patient relationships.

“I voted for the new health care bill because the current system is unsustainable. Already, one-third of America’s counties only have one insurance provider, and the exchanges will continue to head towards disaster if Congress doesn’t act.  Just yesterday, the last remaining insurer for the majority of the state of Iowa announced that it may drop off the exchanges – leaving 94 of the 99 counties in the state without an insurance provider.

“Quite simply, Americans deserve better.

“This new bill still covers pre-existing conditions, while easing the burdens of Obamacare that have been forced onto so many of our families. With our vote today, the House has ensured that individuals and families will no longer be forced into expensive, inadequate Obamacare plans they do not want and cannot afford.”

 

Link: http://grothman.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=304

 

Mike Gallagher (R)

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Congressional District: 8, Wisconsin

Bush-Obama Counties in District — Door, Winnebago

Voted: Yes

Full Statement:

“As the current healthcare system in America continues to break down, it’s become increasingly clear that the federal government does not know best when it comes to providing healthcare for the 323 million people in the United States. Millions of families have lost access to their preferred doctor, have had their health plan discontinued, or have had their premiums and deductibles rise so high that they’re effectively still uninsured. And while our national healthcare system was certainly broken prior to the ACA, Obamacare only exacerbated its problems. The federal government’s one-size fits all approach is failing and I believe the future of healthcare’s best path forward is through state innovation.

 

Lost in the national debate on the future of healthcare is the history of Wisconsin’s healthcare system.  For years prior to Obamacare, Wisconsin and other states were developing their own solutions to ensure that those who needed care could receive it, took care of families with preexisting conditions and unique needs, and had their own insurance commissioners and regulators for generations. The fact that this bill allows Wisconsin the freedom to determine its own path forward is a promising first step.

 

During the years before Obamacare, Wisconsin was a model for how to provide health care for its citizens in an innovative way through its successful high-risk pool program. It was a state-sponsored partnership between doctors, private insurance, and patients who were unable to receive individual insurance on the private market. In speaking with Wisconsin’s Insurance Commissioner recently, he pointed out that before Obamacare ended Wisconsin’s program, it was functioning in an entirely stable, affordable and self-sufficient market without any state government supplemental funds— this is an example of what we should expect from our system today.

 

It’s also important to note that because Wisconsin developed its own way of expanding Medicaid coverage without using Obamacare funds, under this bill Wisconsin will have even more flexibility to cover its most vulnerable populations.

 

This bill gives states the ability to stabilize insurance markets by providing $130 billion to protect the most vulnerable in the individual insurance market. Additionally, the bill provides $15 billion to help states get back to a model like Wisconsin had where they can mitigate costs through high risk pools. Another $8 billion is designated in the bill for the specific purpose of helping those with pre-existing conditions find the affordable coverage they need. Additionally, I strongly believe that Washington must abide by the laws that it passes for the rest of America which is why I was an original cosponsor and supporter of legislation that forces Members of Congress and their staff to abide by the provisions contained in the AHCA.

 

This legislation is far from perfect and I look forward to continuing the process of improving the bill as it makes its way through the U.S. Senate. Senate leaders have already assured me that the credits for low income families will be increased in the coming weeks.

 

This is an emotionally charged issue for many families in Northeast Wisconsin concerned about the future of their healthcare. I understand and share these concerns and believe it’s vitally important that we put healthcare on a sustainable path for the future, which must ultimately include broader reforms like driving down drug prices, increasing transparency and changing the incentive structure for doctors. I remain firm in my commitment to protecting our seniors, protecting those with preexisting conditions, and assisting those with lower incomes in Northeast Wisconsin to ensure that they have the quality care they need and deserve.”

 

Link: https://gallagher.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-mike-gallagher-releases-statement-passage-american-health-care-act

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