Levin Criticizes GOP for Rushing Vote to Repeal ACA and Then Holding the Bill

May 19, 2017 Issues: Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), the Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health today released the following statement questioning House Republicans rushing a vote on their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill was voted on so quickly, Members did not have adequate time to review changes to the bill, and the legislation did not have a new estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The House passed the legislation on May 4, but has reportedly not sent the bill to the Senate for action because Republican leadership worries that CBO may find that the bill will not comply with reconciliation rules:

“Republicans slapped together some changes to make a very bad bill even worse and then forced a vote, without adequate time to review and without hearing from CBO.  But over two weeks later, they still have not sent the bill to the Senate because they are waiting on CBO estimates on cost and coverage. 

“This mess of a process has created a complete mess of a bill.  Rather than legislate in a deliberate manner, House Republicans rushed the bill through because they know the public opposes what they are doing.  But they can’t hide from their vote to take health insurance away from millions of Americans, while raising costs for millions more.”