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Congressman Sires’ Statement on House Republicans’ Failure to Pass the American Health Care Act

Mar 24, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement after House Republicans failure to bring their Obamacare repeal bill to a vote:

“The overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the bill proposed by President Trump and House Republicans. Back in January, then President-elect Trump stated that his goal was to have ‘insurance for everybody.’ Rather than making sensible changes to our current health system, President Trump attempted to ram through a proposal that would work towards the opposite of his goal.

“The American Health Care Act would be disastrous for New Jerseyeans. It would raise premiums for those who struggle to make ends meet, strip coverage from 24 million Americans, gut key protections like prescription drug coverage, and shorten the life of the Medicare Trust Fund. The President continues to believe this is a great bill. Nothing about the Republicans’ plan would be ‘great’ for average Americans, which begs the question: who is this bill great for?

“I remain staunchly opposed to repeal and replace measures and will continue to advocate for responsible legislation that will improve the Affordable Care Act where necessary and protect health coverage for those who need it most.”