Local lawmakers react to House passing AHCA

Local lawmakers react to House passing AHCA
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(WTOL) - House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act Wednesday afternoon, aimed at replacing the Affordable Care Act.

The measure passed by only a few votes, with all democrats and a few moderate Republican hold-outs voting against the bill.

Lawmakers on both sides reacted to the bill's passing. Some felt it was a triumph of the new administration while others considered it a step-back for America.

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) was among the 217 House Republicans to vote for the bill. He released the following statement:

"It's very evident that Obamacare is failing the American people, and its problems continue to grow. Just yesterday, more than 70,000 Iowans found out they might not have a single insurer to purchase insurance from on their exchanges next year. Last year, more than 5.5 million people decided to pay an IRS penalty instead of purchasing insurance they can't afford. The promises of Obamacare have been thoroughly broken, and the problems it has foisted on hardworking families can't be ignored. Constituents in my district have told me about skyrocketing premiums, difficultly using their insurance, and the lack of choices they face thanks to Obamacare. Out of the 14 counties I represent, four are facing a reality where there won't be a single insurer available on the exchanges, and another five counties will most likely only have one insurer available.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) was one of the 213 votes against the bill. She released the following statement:

"It is shameful that Republican leaders in Congress are ramming through this bill before the American people, or Congress, can even read it.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is among the U.S. Senators vowing to fight the bill when it reaches the Senate floor.

"I agree with Governor Kasich: we cannot allow Washington politicians with taxpayer-funded health insurance to rip coverage away from Ohioans who are battling cancer, getting regular checkups for the first time or finally getting treatment for their opioid addiction

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) says he does not support the House bill, but says it is a step-forward in replacing the Affordable Car Act:

"The status quo on health care is unsustainable.  Premiums and deductibles continue their steep climb, and the skyrocketing cost of health care is hurting Ohio families and small businesses.  There's only one insurance company in more than one third of Ohio counties, which is leaving Ohioans with fewer choices and higher costs.  Congress must take responsible action that lowers health care costs, but these changes must be made in a way that does not leave people behind.

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