WYOMING – Passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the House of Representatives this week received mixed reviews from both sides of the aisle.
Rep. Liz Cheney said, “The House of Representatives has taken an important and necessary first step in rescuing the American health care system from the destruction caused by Obamacare. No state has struggled more under the burdens of this failed healthcare law than Wyoming. Obamacare was built on increased federal spending, higher taxes, and unconstitutional regulations. For seven years it has decreased access, increased costs and reduced the quality of care. Our families, business owners, and seniors have been left to foot the bill for higher premiums as they continue to lose the coverage and choice they were promised.
“The AHCA puts patients and their families in the drivers’ seat. It returns authority for health care decisions to individuals and ensures access to affordable care. The bill protects people with pre-existing conditions and ensures they cannot be denied coverage. I look forward to continuing this fight alongside Senators Enzi and Barrasso to ensure the repeal and replacement process proceeds in a way that works for Wyoming families and businesses.”
The Wyoming Democratic Party called the bill an attack on Wyoming families. Party chair Joe Barbuto released the following statement.
“Passage of this bill in the US House highlights just how out of touch the GOP has become with working families. Liz Cheney and her Republican colleagues would rather give tax breaks to the wealthy than ensure that working families have access to quality, affordable healthcare. Liz Cheney has voted to protect profits over people. That is her message to Wyoming.
“By voting to take away affordable health care from millions of Americans to pay for the tax cuts of the rich, Liz Cheney has signed her own pink slip. This depraved bill—passed completely with Republican votes after no amendments, no hearings, and no estimate for how much it will cost—hurts older Wyomingites, women, Wyomingites with pre-existing conditions, Wyomingites with employer-based health care, and even children with disabilities. Families in Wyoming deserve a member of Congress who prioritizes their constituents’ health care needs, and come 2018, they’ll get one.
“All of the changes in this bill to our healthcare system are an open attack on women and families. If this bill were to become law, insurance companies could classify domestic violence and sexual assault as pre-existing conditions and deny coverage to survivors. Insurance providers could refuse to cover maternity care and preventive healthcare services, like cancer screenings. It could even inhibit the ability of school districts to provide special education services.”