July 25, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote today to proceed toward repealing the Affordable Care Act:
"The Senate Republicans’ vote today is an unconscionable move to take away health care from tens of millions of individuals and families across the nation. They have placed the health and well-being of the American people at risk, all to score a political 'win.'
"Senate leadership chose to craft its legislation in secret without public scrutiny and delivered a bill that harms working families and violates the most basic principles of insurance.
"They are playing with fire. The current Republican proposal puts the viability of our health insurance market at serious risk and will harm millions of individuals and families who either buy their own coverage or who qualify for help, including more than 700,000 consumers in Washington state. They will own the outcome.
"Today’s vote is not the final word. I will continue to work with consumer advocates, insurers, doctors, our congressional delegation and others to reverse the Senate’s efforts to return our country to the dark days of health care."