Rep. O’Halleran Denounces Health Care Replacement

March 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran denounced the recently released GOP health care replacement plan. If signed into law, this plan would devastate rural hospitals, repeal coverage for low-income workers, and saddle millions of Americans with higher costs for less care.

“This new health care bill fails to provide affordable access to health coverage for Arizonans,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Under this plan, our rural communities will be disproportionately impacted by the repeal of Medicaid coverage, seniors will have to pay higher premiums and face soaring costs for care, and CEOs will get a tax break on the backs of hardworking Arizona families. This is unconscionable and completely misguided. The American people deserve better. This plan is neither affordable nor does it provide quality care for the vast majority of Arizona families.”

The bill, released Monday night, would repeal subsidies for out-of-pocket medical expenses, halt Medicaid expansion in 2020, and remove restrictions on charging older Americans more for coverage. In addition, the replacement plan distributes subsidies by age, rather than income, and allocates $2,000 for people under 30 and $4,000 for people over 60. The plan leaves in place dependent coverage until 26, pre-existing condition protections if continuous coverage is maintained, and a prohibition on insurers setting annual and lifetime limits.

“No bill should be drafted in closed-door meetings and rushed through a process that does not consider input from both parties,” continued O’Halleran. “Neither party has all the answers, and we cannot play politics with the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans.”

Without a complete fiscal assessment by the Congressional Budget Office, the Republican repeal bill now goes to the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee for mark up before going before the full House of Representatives for a vote.