Statement on Republican Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement on House Republican’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The House today passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, by a vote of 217 yeas to 213 noes. The bill must be considered by the Senate.
“Despite the President’s and the House Republican Leadership’s efforts appease members of their own party, the bill passed by House Republicans today will cripple health care around the country and force millions of Americans to lose coverage. It is particularly concerning to Guam because the bill does nothing to address the unique health challenges in the territories and does not include important provisions that would make health care more affordable and accessible. In particular, I believe that we must find ways to remove the disparity between the 50 states and the territories in Medicaid and bring down insurance costs. I continue to advocate for the elimination of our Medicaid cap, providing Medicaid eligibility to Compact migrants, improving the FMAP to give state-like treatment to the territories, and extending eligibility for the territories to participate in high risk pools extended to the states and D.C. The Affordable Care Act was not perfect but we should work to improve it in a way that advances health care for all Americans. This bill doesn’t do that, and I encourage our colleagues in the Senate to defeat it.”