Suozzi Votes “No” on GOP Health Care Bill
May 4, 2017
“Disappointed” that GOP has refused to reach across the aisle
Today, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens) issued the following statement after he voted against the Republican-led American Health Care Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 217 to 213.
“I’m disappointed that House Republicans chose not to work with Democrats to create a common-sense bill. I encourage the Senate to disregard this legislation and instead focus on working together in bipartisan fashion to produce a bill that improves upon the ACA and offers all Americans high-quality, affordable health care.
“The Republican Party now controls the entire federal government, from the White House to the Senate to the House of Representatives. They are 100 percent responsible for the challenges our health care system has faced since January 20th and will face going forward. I, along with many of my Democratic colleagues are willing to work with them to improve upon the ACA, but they have refused to do so.
“I said from the very beginning that when it comes to the ACA, ‘we need to mend it, not end it.’ Today’s ill-conceived legislation takes the first step toward destroying the ACA, and with it, stripping 24 million people of their health coverage. It will result in skyrocketing premiums, higher out-of-pocket costs, a discriminatory age tax and will steal from Medicare. And all of this was done without an updated Congressional Budget Office score to determine how much the new amendment to the bill will cost taxpayers. This is an attack on hard-working Americans.
“The Upton Amendment, which claims to soften the blow for people suffering from pre-existing conditions, does nothing to stop this legislation from shoving people off their insurance and being thrown into high-risk pools that will lead to rising costs, bad coverage, and restrictive care.
“For New Yorkers, this legislation leaves 2.7 million people without proper access to health insurance. 4.7 billion dollars will be cut from our state’s Medicaid budget, putting 7 million people who rely on Medicaid services and other important programs at risk. This is a bad bill for New Yorkers, plain and simple.”