Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano: Republican Health Care Proposal Is Dangerous For Bronx Families

Mar 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman José E. Serrano (D-The Bronx) issued the following statement regarding the release of Congressional Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The “American Health Care Act” will essentially rip coverage from away from over 20 million Americans, including nearly 400,000 individuals in the Bronx.

“I am at a loss for words by Congressional Republicans’ plan to repeal and ‘replace’ the ACA. The President and Congressional Republicans  promised that under their plan all Americans would have access to better, more affordable coverage, but the American Health Care Act does exactly the opposite. The plan will lead to chaos in the individual health insurance marketplace and among employer-sponsored plans. Older Americans will see their premiums skyrocket under the proposed- and highly discriminatory- age-based tax credits. Americans with pre-existing conditions will once again see access to care denied once they hit their lifetime insurance cap, which will put their lives at grave risk. Hundreds of thousands of working class Bronxites in my District will see their care under Medicaid slowly ripped out from under them, leaving their children and families even more vulnerable than before.  Thousands more will lose access to tax credits that made insurance attainable and more affordable.

“Republicans have had seven years to come up with alternatives to drive down health care costs and expand coverage as they claim to want; yet this is the best they could do. They should be ashamed of themselves. This is yet another huge tax cut for the most wealthy Americans, and a huge giveaway to big pharma and insurance companies. As a sitting member of Congress and senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will do everything in my power to prevent this legislation from becoming law.”