Serrano Slams Vote on Dangerous House GOP Health Care Proposal
Washington, D.C. – Congressman José E. Serrano (D-The Bronx) issued the following statement regarding today’s vote on Congressional Republican’s dangerous American Health Care Act (AHCA) proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“In my 27 years as a member of the House of Representatives, I have never seen such a blatantly shameless attempt to rip away health care coverage for more than 24 million Americans- including hundreds of thousands of my constituents- and inflict devastating harm to our economy. Today’s vote on the AHCA was just that.
“Underfunding ineffective high-risk pools, gutting patient protections for pre-existing conditions, and raiding the Medicare Trust Fund, all in order to give the wealthiest Americans a tax cut, is not the answer. An estimated 315,200 Bronxites in my District live with pre-existing conditions. Where will these individuals turn when they lose access to Medicaid expansion or have their individual coverage cancelled because insurance companies are once again allowed to discriminate against them? Where will individuals with HIV/AIDS turn for their anti-retroviral therapy? Where will pediatric cancer patients turn for chemotherapy and radiation treatment? Where will diabetics turn to access glucose monitors or insulin to maintain healthy blood glucose levels? These are the real-life consequences of today’s vote.
“In addition to the irresponsibility of this bill, the process that brought this vote to the floor today is beneath the U.S. House of Representatives. The committees of jurisdiction did not conduct one hearing or markup on today’s proposal. The Congressional Budget Office was not allowed to fully complete its score to help us understand the impact of this bill on the public and the economy. Democrats were completely shut out of the process to help craft a proposal that will affect tens of millions of Americans. It appears that Republicans are rushing this bill through the House because they want to cover up the negative impact that it has on our constituents. The American people need and deserve better.
“We all want to provide better access to high-quality, affordable coverage. But this bill does just the opposite. Republicans should be working with Democrats to build upon the many successes of the Affordable Care Act so that millions more are able to gain access to the care they need and deserve. This proposal is a recipe for disaster, and it is my sincere hope that Republicans will soon come to their senses in realizing the potentially irreversible impact it could have on our country.”