Washington, D.C. July 27, 2017 – Following is the statement of Frederick Isasi, executive director of Families USA, on the Senate’s failure Friday to pass the so-call “Skinny Repeal” bill of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“In the end, this effort to ram through legislation that would have robbed tens of millions of America’s families of their health insurance failed because enough Senators decided to ignore misguided calls to party loyalty, and instead sided with the needs of the people of their states. All the people across the nation who have raised their voices and worked so very hard to fight repeal efforts deserve a moment to appreciate the magnitude of this accomplishment.
“But make no mistake, this likely is just a pause in the attack, not a final victory. The Republican leadership in both the House and Senate have promised to continue their attempts to repeal current law and dismantle high quality, affordable health care for tens-of-millions of American families. In addition, the attacks on Medicaid and health insurance subsidies for working Americans will continue in various forms as federal funding and tax bills are considered in the coming months.
“Our best hope now is that the courageous, moderate Senators that voted against this proposal follow through on their promise to put these partisan repeal efforts behind them and return to a careful and deliberative process including holding hearings, listening to experts and engaging in open and honest debate to build on the current law – keeping the needs of America’s families at the heart of those efforts.”
Families USA, a leading national voice for health care consumers, is dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all.