Frelinghuysen and MacArthur Vote for Repeal of the ACA
According to the NY Times, the House measure faces profound uncertainty in the Senate, where the legislation’s steep spending cuts will almost certainly be moderated.
Any legislation that can get through the Senate will again have to clear the House and its conservative majority.
In March Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen had opposed the repeal and replace legislation. After yesterday’s vote he said:
“The earlier version of the House-proposed American Health Care Act was unacceptable to me. Today, I want to reassure New Jersey families that this legislation protects those with pre-existing conditions and restores essential health benefits.”
Congressman Tom MacArthur who drafted the amendment that led to the legislation’s approval said this at the White House after the vote.
“I have said from the beginning of this long process that this has to be about people, not about politics.”
Click here for district by district data on the effect of the Affordable Care Act repeal in each of New Jersey’s 12 House congressional districts.
In New Jersey:
- Up to 1.8 million seniors, people with disabilities and children would see their health care reduced
- 250,000 residents who have purchased insurance through the Marketplace would experience an average $2,740 increase in out-of-pocket health care – making insurance un-affordable for many of them
- Cause 24 million people to lose coverage: 1 in 10 non-elderly people who would otherwise have insurance would lose it.
- Effectively end the ACA Medicaid expansion.
- Cut $840 billion from Medicaid over 10 years, with most of the savings going to wealthy people and insurance, pharmaceutical, and other corporations.
- For low-income individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA has been a lifeline.
- The new, revised Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) bill to repeal the ACA is worse than the previous version that was not brought to a vote a few weeks ago.
- The repeal of the ACA could endanger the health and welfare of thousands of individuals and families in each congressional district.
- The new legislation would be very bad for persons with mental illness or a substance use disorder.