Members of the U.S. House narrowly (217-213) pushed through the Republican plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday.
While critics of Obamacare praised the bill’s quick passage, the latest version came without any analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
The North Carolina delegation split along party lines, with the exception of Republican Rep. Walter Jones. The Pitt County congressman voted against the bill noting that it would result in dramatically higher premiums for low-to-middle income seniors and discriminate against veterans.
Here’s how the full delegation voted:
Rep. G.K. Butterfield – 1st District – 202-225-3101
Rep. Walter Jones – 3rd District – 202-225-3415
Rep. David Price – 4th District – 202-225-1784
Rep. Alma Adams – 12th district – 202-225-1510
Rep. George Holding – 2nd District – 202-225-3032
Rep. Virginia Foxx – 5th District – 202-225-2071
Rep. Mark Walker – 6th District – 202-225-3065
Rep. David Rouzer – 7th District- 202-225-2731
Rep. Richard Hudson – 8th District – 202-225-3715
Rep. Robert Pittenger – 9th District – 202-225-1976
Rep. Patrick McHenry – 10th District – 202-225-2576
Rep. Mark Meadows – 11th District -202-225-6401
Rep. Ted Budd – 13th District – 202-225-4531
What select members of the delegation are saying about Thursday’s vote and the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA):
Rep. Mark Meadows, (NC-11):
“This process has never been about getting a win for Republicans or a win for the Freedom Caucus—it’s been about getting a win for the countless Americans who are being crushed by the broken system of Obamacare. Today is a victory for them.
From the earliest stages of the discussion, I’ve stated that my goals were to 1) bring down premiums for Americans, and 2) protect those with pre-existing conditions. After weeks of negotiations, conversations, and substantive changes to the bill, I believe we reached the point where both of these criteria will be sufficiently met. I believe the revised AHCA will substantially reduce healthcare premiums and provide a strong net of protection for the most vulnerable Americans.”
Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-5):
“For seven long years, families and small businesses have suffered the devastating consequences of Obamacare. Costs are skyrocketing, choices are diminishing, small businesses are struggling, and jobs are being destroyed. That’s what the American people have been forced to live with, and that’s why Republicans promised to provide a better way. We are on a rescue mission, and this vote is an important step in repealing a failed law and delivering free-market, patient-centered solutions.”
Rep. Walter B. Jones (NC-3):
“…the rushed, behind-closed-doors process they’ve used is shameful. Over the past several weeks, they cut deal after deal to secure members’ support, and then pushed the bill to the floor without a CBO score. As a result, no one has any idea how much those deals will cost the American taxpayers, or how they might affect the cost, quality and availability of health insurance coverage for American families. Seven years ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously said of the Obamacare bill: ‘You have to pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it.’ Sadly, the Washington Republican leadership is repeating the same mistakes.”
“Furthermore, there are many aspects of the bill that deeply trouble me because of their potential effects on Eastern North Carolina and rural America. For example, the bill discriminates against as many as 7 million American veterans by making them ineligible to receive tax credits provided in the bill. It would also result in low-to-middle income seniors paying dramatically higher premiums.”
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC-01):
“I am deeply disappointed that Republicans have once again decided to abandon the interests of the American people. Today’s vote in favor of the latest version of Trumpcare, which repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is shameful.
“No matter how Republicans try to spin it, this updated bill still rips health care away from 24 million people. It still cuts Medicaid by more than $800 billion over the next decade. It still hands a $1 trillion tax giveaway to corporations. It still jeopardizes coverage for nearly 300,000 residents of the First Congressional District who have pre-existing conditions.”
Rep. David Price (NC-04):
“…this legislation will take affordable health care away from more than 24 million Americans, allow insurers to discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions, cause premiums and out-of-pocket costs to skyrocket, and threaten women’s health and special education.
“Incredibly, House Republicans – the self-described champions of fiscal restraint and open government – are forcing a vote on legislation introduced late last night that has not been scored by the CBO and which many members admit they haven’t had a chance to read. The only thing we know for certain is that it would cut the numbers of people covered, and the quality of their coverage, more than the Republican bill that collapsed in the House last month.”