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Rep. Rice Statement on House Passage of the American Health Care Act

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Pittsburgh, May 4, 2017 | Coleman Lamb (2022255516) | comments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice released the following statement today after House Republicans voted to pass the American Health Care Act.

Statement from Representative Kathleen Rice:

“The Republican health care bill was awful in March, and the version that passed today is even worse. It still completely decimates Medicaid to finance a huge tax cut for the rich, it still increases costs on seniors, and it’s still an attack on women that would de-fund Planned Parenthood. Now, it also allows insurers to discriminate against people with preexisting conditions, and it allows states to opt out of essential health benefit requirements for things like maternity care and drug addiction treatment.

“House Republicans rushed to pass this bill before anyone could know how many more people would lose coverage – just to fulfill a campaign promise, give President Trump a so-called ‘win,’ and dump this disaster off on the Senate. Some members even admitted that they’d vote for it just so the Senate can change it and send back a completely different bill. Today’s vote was a win for the wealthy and the Washington way of doing business, and a devastating loss for everyone else in America. 

“My constituents spoke out emphatically against this bill, and I will keep fighting to defeat this effort and advance real solutions that will actually make health care more affordable for everyone. We may have lost today, but our fight will continue.”

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