Costa Statement on CBO Score for American Health Care Act

May 25, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in reaction to the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the American Health Care Act that passed the House of Representatives on May 4th:

“As I have said before, the American Health Care Act is a bad bill, and it was made even worse by the amendments Republicans added before it barely passed the House along party lines. If passed by the Senate and signed into law in its current form, 23 million Americans will lose their health care coverage, many of them seniors, low-income individuals and families, and veterans. In the San Joaquin Valley, the act will harm hundreds of thousands of our friends and neighbors through drastic cuts to Medi-Cal. Today’s Congressional Budget Office’s score affirms just how toxic this bill will be if it becomes law.

“Although the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, the American Health Care Act as passed by the House three weeks ago is not the answer. We need to work together on a bipartisan basis to find real solutions to the problems in the ACA, solutions which will increase access to quality and affordable health care coverage for all Americans. The American Health Care Act will do just the opposite, as made clear by today’s Congressional Budget Office score.

“Again, I hope the Senate takes seriously the damage this bill would have on our country’s health care system, and either oppose the bill or change it substantially. We simply cannot allow our nation’s health care policy to be another partisan battlefield. We must put the health of our citizens and our country first.”