Congressman Bill Pascrell

Representing the 9th District of NEW JERSEY

Rep. Pascrell Statement Pulling of Republican Health Plan

Mar 24, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement in response to pulling the vote on the Republican health care proposal.

"As this rushed process unfolded, it became clear that Republicans could not present workable health care policies but instead were constructing an incoherent hodgepodge of proposals," Rep. Pascrell said. "Fortunately, the American people vigorously responded and derailed this destructive legislation. This was a case of political expedience over sound policy ideas. Rather than coming together with Democrats to make basic fixes to the ACA Marketplaces, they opted for a 'repeal' plan centered around gutting Medicaid and shifting costs onto vulnerable populations in order to give a windfall to the wealthy."

"The Administration has already begun deregulating insurers, causing confusion, and shifting costs onto consumers – and President Trump has all but announced that he want to 'let Obamacare fail.' So, while the American people dodged a bullet today, they are being led by an Administration that wants to sabotage health care for political reasons," said Rep. Pascrell. "My Republican colleagues need to resist the political games and negotiate in good faith on a bipartisan basis to make the simple fixes to the marketplaces without assaulting Medicaid."