Lack of Transparency on Health Care Hurting Arizona Families
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) expressed his frustration regarding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement that the U.S. Senate would release a revised health care bill and vote on the legislation within a single week.
“From the beginning, the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have been conducted behind closed doors, hidden from the American people, with little to no input from doctors, nurses, or anyone in the health care industry,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “The Senate’s plan to rush through this new bill provides little time for Arizonans to read the legislation and understand its impact on their families. This lack of transparency and an open deliberative process are what is wrong with our government, and it undermines our ability to pass legislation that will help families across the country.”
The updated health care bill will be released on Thursday, according to McConnell, with a first vote expected in the coming week. Analysis of the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) will be released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) early next week, days before the Senate votes on the bill.
An independent analysis of the original legislation by the Congressional Budget Office found that the BCRA could leave as many as 22 million Americans uninsured by 2026. A report by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) showed that the bill could cost Arizona $7.1 billion from a loss in federal funds, a change in the hospital assessment that covers costs of the 2013 Medicaid expansion, and limited inflation adjustments.
“I stand ready to work across the aisle to fix our health care system. We cannot continue these partisan games while the health and wellbeing of our constituents is at risk,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “We must stabilize the insurance markets and increase competition across the country to bring down the cost of coverage and ensure our families, veterans, and elderly Arizona have access to affordable care.”