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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

O’Halleran: Revised Health Care Bill Hurts AZ Families

July 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) expressed his continued concerns over the recent efforts to overhaul the health care system following the released the revised text of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan.

“My number one concern is the health and wellbeing of my constituents and all Arizonans. Every proposal I have seen put forward would have devastating consequences for those who cannot afford it,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “The proposals in the revised health care bill do nothing to lower costs or provide better coverage.”

The revised legislation, released Thursday, increases funding for states to reduce premiums and out-of-pocket costs and includes an amendment from Senator Ted Cruz allowing insurers to offer health plans that do not comply with the ACA. Experts warn that the Cruz Amendment will increase premiums for sick and older Americans who will be forced to buy more expensive, comprehensive health plans. Much of the initial legislation is left in place, including Medicaid reforms that shift costs to states and the elimination of Essential Health Benefits, raising costs for those living with preexisting conditions.

“These proposals will radically alter Medicaid, gutting coverage for our Native Americans, veterans, elderly, and families and force those nearing retirement to pay premiums five times higher than others receiving the same coverage,” continued O’Halleran. “Our rural hospitals could shutter and Arizonans living with preexisting condition will suffer from soaring costs. This bill is bad for Arizona.”

The CBO analysis of the bill will be released early next week with an initial vote coming as soon as the end of the week.

“The American people deserve better. We must work together to reform our health care system to ensure it brings down costs and expands coverage options,” said O’Halleran. “I stand ready to work across the aisle on solutions, and I encourage my colleagues to join me. These political games must end.