Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Cancellation of Vote on Healthcare Repeal Bill
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement following House leadership’s cancellation of a vote on the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
“The whole point of healthcare reform was to curtail the unsustainable premium increases American families are struggling with. You do that by getting more people covered. The AHCA did neither – if passed, 24 million fewer Americans would have insurance and most would see premium increases. Here in Maryland, families on average would see a $3,000 premium increase. It just didn’t make sense.
Older Americans, many of which live and work in the Second District, could have seen premiums that are five times higher than what others pay, no matter how healthy they are. And some of the 260,000 Marylanders who have benefitted from the Medicaid expansion could have lost their coverage entirely. Worse, eleventh-hour amendments stripped the bill of the “essential services” requirement included in Obamacare. This meant insurance companies would no longer have to include basic services like maternity care, newborn care, emergency room visits and mental health care in their policies.
I hope the events of today send a message to my friends on the other side of the aisle that Americans are starting to see improvements in their healthcare coverage and rates and that they like the consumer protections provided by Obamacare. There is no question that Obamacare can and should be improved and I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make it better.”