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Weighing In On The Health Care Bill

Statements from Congressmen Higgins & Collins, Gov. Cuomo, and more...

May 04, 2017 - 2:50 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - After the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, local leaders responded on various platforms. 

Congressman Chris Collins

“This puts us even closer to ending the Obamacare nightmare that has plagued Americans for the last seven years,” Congressman Collins said in a statement. “The legislation passed today increases competition and gives people the power to make their own choices with their own health care. The American Health Care Act is a drastic improvement over the failing health care system Obamacare has left us with.”

Congressman Brian Higgins

“Today’s rush for a vote put politics before people, representing a determination to do something rather than to do good,” Congressman Higgins said in a statement.  “This bill is an attack on the most vulnerable - older Americans, children, Americans with disabilities, and those fighting for their lives.  It will cost people their health and financial stability – and the greater the need for healthcare, the greater the cost.” 

Governor Andrew Cuomo via statement:

"Ultraconservatives in Washington have pushed through the House an unconscionable piece of legislation that threatens to tear apart our health care system. Far from improving our health care, the Republican plan will strip millions of Americans of their coverage, raise costs for the sick, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions, and penalize progressive states that protect the rights of women.

"Sadly, some representatives in New York have sold their vote and turned their backs on the very constituents they represent. This bill is a targeted assault against our values, punishing New Yorkers because we support women's reproductive rights and including the Collins/Faso amendment which would devastate the state’s health care industry, put millions of New Yorkers at risk, and increase the total cost of this bill on New York to $6.9 billion.

"Despite the vocal opposition of the American people, radical conservative ideologues are still advancing a disastrous bill. I urge all Americans to call their Senators and tell them to stand with the people they represent by voting no on this reprehensible legislation."

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (responding to a tweet from Collins)

The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate

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