Langevin Statement on Republican’s Pulling Bill to Dismantle the ACA from Consideration

Mar 24, 2017 Issues: Health Care

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) released the following statement after House Republicans pulled consideration of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, without a vote:

“A majority of Americans are opposed to this hastily written bill that will eliminate health coverage for tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders and millions of people across the country. Thankfully, so are a majority of the Representatives they elected to Congress. Republicans refused to take a vote because they don’t have the numbers to pass this morally reprehensible legislation that will increase costs on hardworking families, reduce access to lifesaving care, and eliminate services for the sick, the poor, the elderly and people with disabilities.

“It’s time for Republicans to move on from their misguided crusade to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA has brought insurance coverage to millions of Americans. Its consumer protections, premium assistance, essential health benefits, and countless other provisions that were at risk of elimination have improved our nation’s health and saved lives. We must work together in a bipartisan manner to strengthen and improve the ACA, not risk the health and wellbeing of everyday Americans for an empty, partisan victory.”