O’Halleran Renews Call for Bipartisan Health Care Solutions
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released a statement following the Senate’s recent efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“Arizonans I have talked to back home are stressed and anxious as they watch politicians in Washington threaten to take away their health coverage. Now that the efforts to repeal the ACA have stalled in the Senate, we should work together and pass a bipartisan bill.
“The President’s proposal to just let the ACA fail without any plan in place is unconscionable. I continue to call on my colleagues and President Trump to stop playing political games with the health and wellbeing of Americans. It is past time to get serious about fixing our health care system.”
Senate Majority Leader McConnell announced late Monday night that the Senate would no longer move forward the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their repeal and replace legislation that has lacked support from Democrats and Republicans alike. His alternative, to vote on a complete repeal of the ACA with a two-year delay, also failed to garner support from enough Republicans to pass in the Senate.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 400,000 Arizonans have gained access to Medicaid under the ACA expansion and could lose their coverage if the law is repealed. Further analysis of a full repeal of the ACA shows the number of uninsured in the state could increase by as much as 600,000.
“Congress needs to be focused on immediately stabilizing the health insurance market,” continued O’Halleran. “This uncertainty has added stress and anxiety to many vulnerable people. It directly impacts people’s lives. Health care is not a game, but rather a real problem we need to solve together to help people who use the ACA marketplace, particularly those in need, the elderly, our veterans, Native Americans, and those living with disabilities.”