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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Congressman Green Votes ‘No’ on Bill to Repeal ACA

May 4, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Green released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“TrumpCare is nothing more than broken promises and mean-spirited policy,” said Green. “It will mean higher health costs, more than 24 million hard-working Americans losing health coverage, key protections gutted, older Americans hung out to dry, the end of Medicaid as we know it, and cuts to Medicare.”

“In the last few weeks, Republicans have found more than one way to make health care more costly and more punishing to American families. High risk pools don’t protect Americans with pre-existing conditions nor do they guarantee coverage. Segregating those with pre-existing conditions into high risk pools would return patients to the days when individuals with serious mental illness, cancer or other medical conditions could be denied coverage due to their health status.”

“Letting the states have the ability to waive Essential Health Benefits - the 10 basic medical care categories plans have to cover, like emergency care, mental health and addiction treatment, and lab tests - is just crazy. Without some minimum requirements, insurance companies can offer plans that are “insurance” in name only and anyone who is actually sick and needs care will be left out in the cold.”

“There is an obvious, irresponsible reason why this vote was rammed through without an updated score from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO): Republicans don’t want the American people learning the real-world consequences and the devastation it will mean for American families.”

Congressman Green is a member of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee and serves as the Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee.