House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the American Health Care Act. Visit passthebill.gop for more information.
“Seven years ago, I stood on the floor of the House and watched Obamacare pass. I will never forget the feeling — watching as, with each vote cast, the American people’s freedoms were slipping away. Republicans were powerless to stop the impending wave of expensive, burdensome policy. The already failing status quo in health care was about to get so much worse. Unfortunately, our biggest fears came true. Obamacare, though well-intentioned, failed its goals and failed in its promises. Since that moment, we’ve been on a rescue mission.
“Today is historic. With the American Health Care Act, the House voted to keep its promise to the American people: we’re going to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a health care system that puts them — not the federal government — in control of their health care decisions. After marathon markups, listening to feedback from doctors and patients and advocates, and tough conversations with our colleagues, we came together to ensure this bill that will improve lives. I’m very proud of our work, and of the leadership of my colleagues who have been working on these reforms for years.
“My top priority throughout this process has been protecting people with pre-existing conditions and giving them peace of mind to know that they have access to care. The American Health Care Act guarantees that access to health insurance coverage can’t be denied for people with pre-existing conditions, and empowers states to innovate with new models for better patient outcomes at a lower cost with the Patient and State Stability Fund.
“For the millions of Americans who have been struggling to find affordable, reliable health care coverage, or had one — or no — option in health care providers, this is a victory. Our work on reforms to the health care marketplace will continue. This was only one part of our three-part process to repeal and replace Obamacare. In parts two and three, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. will make reforms through his authority, and we will work on common sense reforms — like being able to purchase insurance across state lines — to help lower costs and increase access. We are committed to achieving a better health care future for every American.”
Note: Chair McMorris Rodgers is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and participated in the marathon markup when the American Health Care Act was first introduced. She has always been a vocal advocate for people with pre-existing conditions, and ensuring our vulnerable communities have access to health care. Earlier, she voted for legislation introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) that ensures that Members of Congress and their staff are treated the same as everyone else under the new health care bill. For more on the American Health Care Act and the House’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, visit passthebill.gop.