Congressman Evans Proudly Votes “No” On Disastrous GOP Health Care Bill
Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) released the following statement after proudly voting “No” on H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
“Today’s vote and passage of H.R. 1628 demonstrates that the Republican Party is completely out of touch with the needs of the American people,” Congressman Evans said. “The numbers don’t lie. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score last month, 24 million Americans stand to lose their health coverage under the AHCA. There is no doubt that this horrendous bill will put undue stress and burden on the American people nationwide, who will be the ones forced to pay more for less coverage.”
The American Hospital Association (AHA) estimates that more than 135,000 Pennsylvanians stand to lose their health coverage by 2018 and this number could increase to over 528,000 by 2026.
We are fortunate in that my Congressional District is home to a number of world-class medical institutions like: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Chestnut Hill Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Hahnemann University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Jefferson Health, Bryn Mawr, Lankenau Medical Center, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children/Philadelphia and Temple University Hospital. Over the past three months I have heard from countless individuals from our important Pennsylvania institutions, who are urging Congress to preserve critical funding streams, promote healthcare investments, and help solve the problems that come as a result of our nation’s complicated healthcare system.
“This debate is about protecting and enhancing the quality of life of the American people,” Congressman Evans said, “to do this our government needs to give all Americans the peace of mind they need to know they will have access to the vital health wellness and prevention programs they deserve. As a result of the millions of Americans that are now insured, thanks to the success of the ACA, the hospitals in our community have seen a decline in charity care burden and bad debt. Everyone in our community deserves a health care system that gives them the tools and resources they need to make decisions that are in the best interest of the health and safety of themselves and their families.”
“Today’s vote sends a strong signal to the resistance,” Evans said, “It is our time to act and respond. Based on the thousands of phone calls my offices have received, I am certain that Pennsylvanians will not forget what Republicans voted in favor of today. A law that hurts Americans nationwide is not a piece of legislation Philadelphians, Pennsylvanians and Americans across our country will stand for.”
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