WASHINGTON D.C.— Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement on the Senate Majority Leader’s announcement that the Senate will not vote on the latest bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Trumpcare” or “Graham-Cassidy”:
“Thankfully, Congress will adjourn this week without considering Graham-Cassidy. I continue to be heartened by the perseverance of the American people, who refused to stand idly by as Republicans sought to ram through a bill that would gut the ACA’s protections, cut Medicaid and, per the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, “result in millions fewer people with comprehensive health insurance.”
“While this is an encouraging moment, the past year has shown the lengths to which Republicans are willing to go to destroy the ACA. We must not rest on our laurels. We must continue to speak out and tell the stories of Americans who have received life-saving care as a result of the ACA. In addition, we must work together to enact commonsense legislation that would lower premiums and make our health system work better.
“If Americans maintain the resolve and untiring engagement I’ve seen during the past nine months, I have no doubt that we will prevail.”
Please note this statement was originally published on September 26, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.