Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement after the passage of the American Health Care Act by the House:
“I am deeply disappointed that Republicans have once again decided to abandon the interests of the American people. Today’s vote in favor of the latest version of Trumpcare, which repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is shameful.
“No matter how Republicans try to spin it, this updated bill still rips health care away from 24 million people. It still cuts Medicaid by more than $800 billion over the next decade. It still hands a $1 trillion tax giveaway to corporations. It still jeopardizes coverage for nearly 300,000 residents of the First Congressional District who have pre-existing conditions. And it is still the same bill that is supported by just 17 percent of the American people.
“Instead of working together to make coverage more affordable, provide greater choice, and increase the number of those insured, Republicans have refused at every turn to even consider reasonable changes to current law. Today’s vote confirmed that my Republican colleagues do not understand what is really in this bill and the negative impact it would have on hundreds of thousands of people in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina.
“The American people will surely hold Republicans accountable for their vote today.”