Langevin Statement Opposing Republican Bill to Dismantle the Affordable Care Act

May 4, 2017 Issues: Disabilities, Health Care, Vote

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that passed the House by a vote of 217-213. 

“When Republicans brought the AHCA to the floor in March, they could not even hold a vote due to the immense unpopularity of its measures attacking Americans’ health care. Remarkably, their response was to double down and further erode patient protections included as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is unconscionable that House Republicans have forced through a bill in the service of a purely partisan political goal at the expense of their constituents’ health. Rather than collaborate in a bipartisan manner to improve upon the ACA, Republicans have opted to support an initiative that will exacerbate issues of affordability and access for Rhode Islanders and all Americans.

“An estimated 24 million people will lose health coverage under this bill, among them many of the 20 million Americans and 100,000 Rhode Islanders who gained access to health insurance thanks to the ACA. The legislation will once again allow discrimination against patients with pre-existing conditions and authorize the elimination of essential benefits, including maternity care, under the guise of state flexibility. The ACHA will increase costs for seniors, shift the expense of expanded Medicaid coverage to states, and create huge tax breaks for the wealthy while low- to middle-income adults pay more for less coverage.

“The AARP, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Hospital Association, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, National Nurses United and the American Academy of Pediatrics and many others have come out in opposition to this legislation because it would prevent Americans across the country from receiving quality, affordable care. I hope that my colleagues in the Senate will take the time to understand the devastating implications of this bill and end the misguided Republican crusade to dismantle the ACA.”