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Statement By Congressman Brian Higgins

Mar 13, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement related to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO)report detailing the impact of the Republican’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act: 

"If approved, under this bill 21 million more people would be without health insurance coverage in just three short years – a devastating step back in the progress we’ve made to cover the uninsured and bring down the cost-curve in healthcare. 

“This is further evidence that the provisions that have been crafted do not represent a legitimate plan to actually repeal and replace quality health care coverage for working Americans.  The bill is at its core a political statement not a statement of American values. 

“In addition to the loss of coverage generally, let’s take a look at who really pays the price for the $880 billion cut in Medicaid: children in need of primary care coverage, individuals with developmental disabilities, and our parents and grandparents in need of long-term nursing home care.   I strongly oppose this failed plan that will provide less coverage for millions of Americans, tax credits for rich executives, and attack our most vulnerable populations.” 

 

Background:

CBO Summary/Effects on Health Insurance Coverage:

  • in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law”
  • “the increase in the number of uninsured people relative to the number under current law would rise to 21 million in 2020 and then to 24 million in 2026.”

 

For the full report: https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52486

Congressman Higgins, a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means spoke out against the Republican bill during hearings last week, including provisions that allow for insurance company executive to cash in on millions of dollars in tax-deductible compensation.   Higgins voted against the bill in committee. 

The House Committee on the Budget, for which Higgins is also member, could mark up these legislative recommendations as early as this week.