GOP health bill collapses; locals react

comstock photoRep. Comstock

The American Health Care Act went down to defeat today as House GOP leaders were unable to collect enough votes to ensure its passage. Rep. Barbara Comstock, Northern Virginia’s lone Republican in Congress, said “the uncertainties in the current version of the bill caused me not to be able to support it today.”

But Comstock said changes are needed to correct deficiencies in the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.

“The ACA is in a death spiral that Democrats refuse to acknowledge, and it is failing many families and individuals who struggle with skyrocketing premiums, higher deductibles, and less choice,” Comstock said in an emailed statement. “We’ve heard from people with crushing $1800 a month premiums and thousands and thousands in uncompensated care under Obamacare.  We’ve heard from people who lost their insurance because of Obamacare and couldn’t afford the exchanges and were forced to pay fines for not purchasing unaffordable healthcare.””

This year it is anticipated that more providers will abandon the exchanges or hike rates by double digits. This is unsustainable and I am still committed to a 21st century health care system that will help working families get better and more affordable health care,” Comstock said.  “We can continue to work on reform initiatives. Just this week we voted on two health care insurance reform bills which should get to the President’s desk as quickly as possible to provide relief.”

Democrats took a different stance. “Today, tens of millions of Americans can breathe a small sigh of relief as President Trump, Speaker Ryan, and House Republicans failed to eliminate their healthcare coverage—at least for now,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)

 

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