JONES’ STATEMENT ON AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT

May 4, 2017 Issues: Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 to pass H.R. 1628 – the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA).  The bill would substitute portions of Obamacare with new federal programs and make a variety of other changes to the American health care system.  Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) has publicly expressed his opposition to the bill for weeks, and voted against the bill.  He released the following statement:

“For over seven years, I have heard from the people of Eastern North Carolina about their trials and frustrations with Obamacare.  It is clear that Obamacare is not working.  That is why I voted against the bill that created it in 2010, and have continuously voted to repeal it,” said Congressman Jones.  “Now in 2017, for reasons I cannot understand, instead of moving a bill to repeal Obamacare and replace it with reforms that will fix our broken health care system, the Washington Republican leadership jammed a bill through the House that does neither.  Furthermore, the rushed, behind-closed-doors process they’ve used is shameful.  Over the past several weeks, they cut deal after deal to secure members’ support, and then pushed the bill to the floor without a CBO score.  As a result, no one has any idea how much those deals will cost the American taxpayers, or how they might affect the cost, quality and availability of health insurance coverage for American families.  Seven years ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously said of the Obamacare bill: ‘You have to pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it.’ Sadly, the Washington Republican leadership is repeating the same mistakes.”  

“Furthermore, there are many aspects of the bill that deeply trouble me because of their potential effects on Eastern North Carolina and rural America.  For example, the bill discriminates against as many as 7 million American veterans by making them ineligible to receive tax credits provided in the bill.  It would also result in low-to-middle income seniors paying dramatically higher premiums.”

“Over the past two months, thousands of Eastern North Carolinians of all political stripes have contacted my office about the AHCA,” Congressman Jones concluded.  “Well over 90 percent are opposed to the bill.  I asked for this job to represent the people of Eastern North Carolina, and they have spoken clearly.”

After passing the House this afternoon, H.R. 1628 now goes to the Senate for further consideration.


For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at Allison.Tucker@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-3415.

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