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LARSON: This Wasn't About Health Care, It Was About Politics

May 4, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the passage of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Larson voted “No”:


“This bill was about tax cuts and not about the health care of the American people. Consider the fact that the 400 wealthiest Americans will receive, on average, a $7 million tax cut, while 24 million people will lose their health insurance.


“For the Republicans, repealing the Affordable Care Act has been likened to the passing of gallstones. In the face of town halls, where the American people soundly rejected their proposals, they chose to pass the bill rather than to continue to face the pain of the American people. Considering they did so without any Congressional Budget Office review of their bill’s cost nor with thorough debate, it was completed in haste and sharp contrast to everything they said they would do.


“The most galling aspect, however, as FDR once stated, they are ‘frozen in the ice of their own indifference’  as they are willing to watch 24 million Americans lose their coverage and the millions who will lose their insurance due to pre-existing conditions and subsequently put into high-risk pools. Dorothy Thompson from Manchester, CT said it best at one of my recent town hall meetings, ‘these high risk pools sound like a death panel to me.’


“Again, this bill was about tax cuts and not about the health care of the American people.”