Congressman Serrano Statement on Today’s Abandonment of Trumpcare in the House
Washington, D.C. – Congressman José E. Serrano (D-The Bronx) issued the following statement on the humiliating defeat of Trumpcare in the U.S. House of Representatives this afternoon after Speaker Ryan decided to pull the Affordable Care Act replacement bill from the floor and not bring it up for a vote:
“As it turns out, the President is not quite the skilled negotiator that he claims to be and Republicans can’t even get their act together to agree on how to repeal and replace Obamacare – their stated #1 goal now that they control both chambers of Congress and the Presidency. Thankfully, millions of Americans – including nearly 130,000 Bronxites in my District – can breathe a sigh a relief that their health care will not be taken away.
“Trumpcare failed the basic tests of humanity, morality, and good government. This bill would have kicked 24 million people out of their health care plans. It would have taken away guaranteed access to essential health care services. It would have unfairly penalized older and sicker Americans by allowing insurance companies to charge them more for care. It would have eliminated many of the hard fought consumer protections that give Americans the peace of mind that they will have access to the quality health care that they pay for.
“This bill was heartless, cruel, and a prescription for disaster. We should be glad that it got nowhere. Americans don’t want to lose coverage. We don’t want to give away yet another giant tax break to the wealthiest Americans. We don’t want to see our friends and our family members suffer its consequences because Republicans in Congress pretend that tax cuts and deregulation of insurance companies equal expanded access to affordable health care.
“While I hope this abject failure to gather enough support even among its own rank and file will show that Republicans should end these insane efforts to repeal Obamacare, all of us must remain vigilant. I have no doubt that we will soon face further efforts to repeal or at the very least undermine Obamacare through other means, and to hurt American working families in other ways. I remain ready to continue fighting against these efforts on behalf of my constituents and our country.”
Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990. He is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the most senior Member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.