Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement after learning that the American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) was pulled from consideration in the House of Representatives:
“Since the introduction of the Republican healthcare bill, less than three short weeks ago, people across our district and the country have expressed deep concern for the legislation which was better suited to protect wealthy insurance companies’ profit margins than hard-working Americans.
“Today’s defeat of this disastrous legislation, which would have cost both in-terms higher premiums and less coverage, is a victory for children, families, individuals with disabilities and older Americans, but the fight to protect and enhance affordable care continues.
“We always said the Affordable Care Act was a start, not a finish. House Republicans have had seven years to add constructive alternatives to make the Affordable Health Care Act work better. This bill didn’t come close. It was rejected by the American people and Congress and we are all better off.”
Higgins, a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Budget Committee, spoke on the House Floor in opposition to the bill earlier today.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in advance of today’s House of Representatives vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA):
“Yesterday the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released an updated assessment of the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. According to their report the proposed healthcare bill, as amended earlier this week will result in 52 million uninsured by 2026.
“Making matters worse, in the dead of night, additional changes have been made to remove the requirement of coverage for essential benefits allowing insurance companies to nickel and dime working families on very basic care. This bill is designed to line the pockets of wealthy insurance executives while hard-working people pay in terms of higher costs and less coverage.
“The Affordable Care Act was a start not a finish. The Republicans have had 7 years to develop changes. I certainly welcome constructive dialogue on how to improve care and costs for Americans but the bill currently before us does neither. I will vote no on this bill and the disastrous amendments that raid Medicaid and eliminate the guarantee of essential benefit coverage.”