Veasey Statement on House Republican Leadership Yanking ACA Replacement Vote
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, released the following statement after Speaker Paul Ryan canceled the vote on House Republicans’ replacement bill to the Affordable Care Act, H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act:
“After 61 votes, seven years of promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and a flurry of late night backroom deals, House Republicans still couldn’t come together to even vote on their terrible replacement plan. President Trump’s self-proclaimed master negotiation skills failed to deliver on the promises he made during the 2016 campaign. This ugly episode demonstrates that he is not a strong leader for Congressional Republicans. Seven years was more than enough time for different factions of the House Republican Caucus to create a viable replacement that actually delivers on their promises to lower costs and help Americans access better quality care. But instead, they tried to jam through a bill that alienated both moderate and right wing factions of their party.
Luckily, their divided caucus allows the 20 million Americans who gained access to comprehensive health insurance under the Affordable Care Act to sleep peacefully, knowing that their health is not on the chopping block.”