Levin Statement on Passage of American Health Care Act

May 4, 2017 Issues: Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (MI-09) today released the following statement in response to the House vote to pass legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the American Health Care Act [H.R. 1628]:

“Today, House Republicans turned their backs on the health needs of millions and millions of Americans. Their rigid ideology has blinded them to what matters most for the families of America – insurance for good health. This will not be the decisive step. Millions of Americans have already risen up, told us their stories – and more will now in still larger numbers.

“Over $1 trillion would be taken from Medicare, Medicaid and premium assistance for Americans purchasing health insurance to provide a trillion dollars in tax breaks primarily for insurance companies and other corporations and for some of the very richest Americans. 

“The Republican bill also guts key protections for Americans with serious health conditions, including protections for those with preexisting conditions, mothers needing maternity care, and older workers. 129 million Americans may have some form of pre-existing condition, including more than 4 million in Michigan. The Affordable Care Act says insurance companies can’t exclude them, can’t limit their benefits, and can’t charge them more. The GOP bill would effectively repeal those provisions. Republicans say not to worry – they will be covered by risk pools. But experts have repeatedly warned that risk pools won’t adequately protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. 

“This bill is not just a disagreement between Republicans and Democrats on health care – nearly every major organization involved in providing health care opposes the GOP legislation from the American Medical Association to the American Hospital Association to the AARP. All of them warn of the negative impacts that Americans will feel from this misguided bill. 

“Today was a bad day for Americans who need health care, but the fight shall continue.”