March 24, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued the following statement in response to the U.S. House not voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act:
Today’s failure to vote clearly indicates House Republicans and President Trump lack the necessary support to pass their rushed and ill-considered American Health Care Act.
For seven years, House Republicans voted at least 60 times to repeal Obamacare, yet never showed the American public a plan to improve health care. Their one attempt – the American Health Care Act – significantly raises costs for low-income individuals and families, passes financial burdens for covering the poor to states, and guts guaranteed coverage for essential health benefits.
The foundation for their plan: A $600 billion tax cut for the wealthiest among us.
They forged this shoddy proposal with an unprecedented lack of transparency. House Republicans held no public hearings and attempted to force members to take a rushed vote on legislation without knowing all of the true costs. They also ignored the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office findings that the bill would eliminate health coverage for 24 million Americans, including 700,000 people in Washington.
Now that Republicans have admitted defeat in their attempts to overturn Obamacare, we have time to make thoughtful, data-driven improvements to our current law. We can move forward in a bipartisan way, using sound insurance principles to make meaningful reforms. These include tackling rising out-of-pocket costs for medical services and reducing the rising costs of prescription drugs.
I will continue to reach out to our Congressional delegation and press for reforms that continue the formidable progress we’ve made under Obamacare.
The public has given us a responsibility as elected officials. They are entrusting us to make their lives better. We cannot let them down.
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