Congressman Dwight Evans Wants to Protect Health Coverage for Most Vulnerable Americans
Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Dwight Evans released the following statement after House Republicans unveiled their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act:
“Last night House Republicans released a bill that would take healthcare away from millions of Americans, putting the poorest Americans, our seniors, people with pre-existing conditions and working class families at even greater risk of getting sick,” Congressman Evans said. “House Republicans and the Trump Administration say they want a healthcare plan that drastically cuts costs and covers more Americans than the current healthcare law, yet last night after weeks and months of secrecy they release a plan that does no such thing. The new plan is an insult to Americans who have fought hard to try and get ahead.”
According to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), approximately 220,000 Philadelphians would lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without an adequate replacement. PDHP reports that this would be about 22 percent of Philadelphia residents between the ages of 18 and 64.
“We have seen real numbers, heard countless success stories and have hard facts to prove the ACA provides quality, affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. In the African American community we have seen the uninsured rate decrease dramatically as a result of the ACA. Now, is not the time to repeal and replace a law that is working with a plan that will cost Americans more money for less coverage.”
Media Contact: Becca Brukman, 202-225-4001, Becca.Brukman@mail.house.gov