Local reaction to failed GOP health care bill
Two congressmen and the chair of the Jefferson County Democratic Party share their differing reactions to the failed GOP health care bill.
From Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairman Cade Bernsen:
"I think that this colossal failure will affect the future legislation that they pass. The number one thing they said they were going to do after Trump won was replace and repeal Obamacare and they couldn't do it. They haven't been able to do it. What it was, their bill was just an enormous tax cut for the wealthiest Americans which would have caused 24 million Americans to lose their health insurance."
From Congressman Brian Babin (R-TX 36th District):
“I am very disappointed that we were unable to reach a consensus and begin the process of repealing and replacing the failing Obamacare disaster. President Donald J. Trump and I were elected overwhelmingly in the 36th District of Texas on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. I am still prepared to deliver on this promise. Obamacare is in a death spiral and millions of Americans are suffering under Obamacare’s high premiums, soaring deductibles, cancelled plans, fewer choices and lowered quality of care. The American people have suffered for seven long years, and the Democrats will continue to own this disastrous Obamacare law. While I am frustrated about the outcome and remain fully committed to ending this Obamacare nightmare, it is time to move forward on our agenda of cutting taxes, securing the border, reining in costly regulations, rebuilding the military and growing the economy.”
From Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX 14th District):
Washington, D.C. – Today, House leadership halted a planned vote on H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017, because it was apparent the votes were not there for passage. As one of the potential dissenting votes, Representative Randy Weber (R – Friendswood) made the following statement:
“For years, I have said that I would vote to repeal Obamacare – plain and simple. I wanted to support this bill, but at the end of the day, it simply is not yet good enough for
the American people. Congressional leadership, the White House, the House Freedom Caucus, and my fellow House colleagues worked tirelessly to provide relief from the burdensome federal mandates of Obamacare. I am deeply appreciative of the time and attention given during the negotiations, and for the pro-market, sensible changes that came about because of them. However, the government does not belong in the health care industry.
The best solution to fix the failure of Obamacare is patient-centered, physician supported, market-based health care.
I am grateful to Speaker Ryan for giving us more time to thoughtfully deliberate on a real solution. Americans need more freedom of choice in their insurance plans. States need more power to decide their participation. Households need lower premiums. While certainly improved, AHCA is not quite there. I look forward to continued discussions regarding our way forward. ”