Rep. O’Halleran To Vote Against Health Care Bill
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced his plans to vote against the newest iteration of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) because it will drive up costs for Arizona families.
“I could not support the first version of the AHCA, and I will not support this one,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “While the Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, this replacement legislation does little to fix the problems our families are facing. Arizona seniors and children with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer or Alzheimer’s disease could lose coverage, and nothing has been done to stem the skyrocketing premiums our seniors will face or protect veteran care or Indian Health Services.”
In March, the AHCA was withdrawn from the House of Representatives due to a lack of support from the Republican caucus. A revised bill will be voted on Thursday, May 4. Analysis of the previous text estimated nearly 24 million Americans could lose health coverage, and insurance premiums would increase by 15 to 20 percent. Hundreds of thousands of Arizonans are at risk of losing coverage under the AHCA, but without an updated Congressional Budget Office analysis we do not know the full impact of the revised legislation.
“Arizona families have experienced rising health care costs first-hand, but the AHCA does not provide the relief they need.” said Rep. O’Halleran. “We cannot continue to play politics with the health and wellbeing of the American people. It is long past time for us to put aside blind partisan ideology so we can work on bipartisan legislation that invests in rural health care, brings down costs for seniors and veterans, and protects those with pre-existing conditions from losing coverage.”
Industry leaders and health care experts, including AARP, National Rural Health Association, and American Medical Association have come out in opposition to the legislation.