Luján Statement Following 27-hour Marathon Committee Debate On Healthcare Repeal Bill

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the House Energy & Commerce Committee began consideration and debate on Republican legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. After more than 27 hours of on-going debate, the Committee approved the bill on a straight party line basis.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), a member of the committee who was present for all 27 hours of the committee hearing, issued the following statement:

“I am disappointed that this bill does not offer a solution to any of the healthcare problems real Americans face. This bill does nothing when it comes to lowering out of pocket insurance costs, helping people keep the coverage they want, improving patient care, getting prescription drug prices under control or maintaining free preventative care. And it doesn’t protect the most vulnerable in America.”

It will cost senior citizens, pregnant women and those with disabilities more to purchase insurance which may not be as good as the coverage they have now. It does not keep the promises made by the President or the Speaker that this bill will provide insurance for all Americans with lower costs. In fact, the opposite is true — this bill provides less coverage to fewer people at higher costs. ”

“Today’s action was just the first fight in a long battle, and I do not intend to sit silently and let the President and his allies rip away health insurance from more than 235,000 New Mexicans and millions of other Americans nationwide. This bill is loaded with tax breaks and other goodies for the very wealthy, while increasing costs for are hard-working Americans trying to make it from paycheck to paycheck. Simply put – the Republican Repeal bill cost more, do less and will not help working families in New Mexico.”