Perlmutter Reacts to Republican Health Care Vote
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217 – 213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA):
“The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has gone from bad to worse. Protecting people with preexisting conditions was at the heart of the ACA and eliminating this protection is eliminating a civil right. Each of us knows someone with a preexisting condition and failing to ensure adequate coverage for our neighbors, friends and family is unacceptable and immoral.
“Under the Republican plan, states will be able to opt out of requiring insurance companies to provide Essential Health Benefits which includes maternity and pediatric services, outpatient care, substance abuse and mental health treatment and prescription drug coverage. This plan puts tens of millions of Americans at risk of losing their health insurance coverage and it discriminates against seniors through higher rates.
“By all accounts, Coloradans will suffer if this bill becomes law. This plan takes us backward and is a bad deal for millions of hardworking families who have come to rely on affordable, quality health insurance.”