WXHC has compiled some of the reactions from our legislators on the aborted attempt to repeal “Obamacare.” Despite 7 years of Republican votes and attempts to kill the plan, a replacement was not ready and the legislation was pulled before those behind the legislation believed it would have failed in a vote in the House of Representatives. We share these reactions so you may gain some insight into how our lawmakers view the situation.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer:
“Ultimately, the TrumpCare bill failed because of two traits that have plagued the Trump presidency since he took office: incompetence and broken promises. In my life, I have never seen an administration as incompetent as the one occupying the White House today.
“They can’t write policy that actually makes sense, they can’t implement the policies they do manage to write, they can’t get their stories straight, and today we’ve learned that they can’t close a deal, and they can’t count votes.
“So much for the Art of the Deal.
“I also have never seen a President break as many promises to working people as this President has done in just over two months. President Trump said we’re going to have health insurance for everyone that’s going to cost less. TrumpCare would have done exactly the opposite. This bill would have been a boon for the wealthy, providing a huge tax cut for Americans making over $250,000, while causing premiums to rise by more than $12,000 for lower income seniors.
“Today should be the last day the cloud of TrumpCare hangs over the American people.”
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:
“The only way anything ever happens in Washington is when regular people stand up and speak out – and that’s exactly what happened with this awful bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
After so many New Yorkers and people across America raised their voices in opposition to this bill, the House of Representatives backed down today from a plan that would have taken away health care from an estimated 24 million Americans, would have brought us back to the days when insurance companies could refuse to cover maternity care, and would have made health care much more expensive for families and seniors – all while giving huge tax breaks to insurance companies and drug companies.
We should continue to work to improve our health care system, but this was a bad bill, and I’m glad it was stopped.”
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R—NY-22):
“Although the vote on the American Health Care Act was canceled, I remain committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a high quality, patient centric plan that will improve and restore our healthcare system for all.
Under Obamacare, American families are spending a larger share of their income on premiums and deductibles than ever before. Patients have been hurt, doctors have been burdened, and families and taxpayers are being crushed by this terrible law and its thousands of pages of onerous regulations. Our most vulnerable citizens– seniors, the hardworking middle-class, and veterans – are in worse shape now than they were before.
Going forward, Congress should work together to find a plan that won’t leave anyone behind, especially our most vulnerable and those who are truly needy. Throughout this process, I will continue to listen to the concerns of my constituency and bring their feedback to Congress.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo:
“This week, Washington showed the people of this nation a disgusting display of government at its worst.
“We saw Members of Congress openly bribe one-another at the expense of their own constituents, racing each other to decimate New York’s healthcare system while attempting to ram through a piece of legislation that would jeopardize the healthcare of 24 million people and supported by only 17 percent of Americans.
“Some Republican Members of Congress apparently forgot who put them there in the first place. So let me remind them: you are elected to fight for your constituents – not hurt them. For the first time in my life, I witnessed New York elected officials pound their chest proudly while cutting nearly $7 billion in funding for the people they serve, tripping over themselves to cut taxes for millionaires while simultaneously cutting healthcare services for seniors, women, and the disabled and killing jobs across the state.
“This bill appears to be on life support for now – it should be killed once and for all.
“Republicans leadership may have counted on the complexity of the issue to confuse the debate, but at the end of the day it’s actually quite simple. This Congress tried to play the people of this nation for a fool – they were wrong, and they lost.”