Last night’s vote — and the months of debate that preceded it — show that the American people don’t want to move backwards on health care. They oppose legislation that would take health coverage away from millions of people and raise costs for millions more. And they reject efforts to gut Medicaid, a program celebrating its 52nd birthday today that ensures millions of seniors, people with disabilities, children, and low-income adults get the care they need. Every Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have had all of those harmful impacts and more.
Last night’s vote sends a strong message that it’s time for congressional Republicans to abandon backroom, partisan efforts to unravel the ACA. And, the Trump Administration must halt its attempts to undermine the ACA by destabilizing private insurance markets and cutting resources that help people enroll.
It’s time instead to focus on bipartisan solutions that strengthen our health care system and continue the task of making health insurance affordable and accessible for all.