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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Costa Statement on Vote to Repeal and Replace ACA

Mar 24, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the United States House of Representatives failed to vote on H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, after President Donald Trump requested Speaker Paul Ryan pull the bill from consideration. The American Health Care Act would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“The American Health Care Act (AHCA) was flawed policy and if it had been enacted in its current form, the law would have negatively impacted hundreds of thousands of San Joaquin Valley residents. For these reasons, I would have voted to oppose this measure.

“Improvements need to be made to the Affordable Care Act but the AHCA was not the solution. The irresponsible cuts proposed by the AHCA would have caused hundreds of thousands of children, seniors, and women in the Valley to lose their health coverage. It is vital that we improve upon the gains we have made under the Affordable Care Act and make the necessary changes to improve coverage for all Americans.

“I say it time and again, and I’ll keep saying it: the Congress and President are not going to fix America’s health care system without working together on a bipartisan basis. Today’s defeat of the American Health Care Act is a necessary step toward making real improvements to our health care system. I know how difficult it can be to stand up to your own party’s leadership and I commend my Republican colleagues who did so today. Moving forward, I encourage congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration to reach across the aisle to work with Democrats, including myself, who want to find real solutions to fixing provisions in the Affordable Care Act to improve health care outcomes for all Americans.