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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty on Health Care Vote: A Disgrace That Puts Politics before American Lives

May 4, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after the House passed legislation that will cause millions of Americans to lose access to affordable health coverage:
“Today House Republicans voted to inflict deep, long-lasting harm on millions of American families for the sake of short-term political relief. This dishonest crusade against the Affordable Care Act has put politics before American lives. Under this bill, people with pre-existing conditions will lose the protection they have against bankrupting medical bills. People who are struggling with addiction or mental illness will likely not get the vital care they need. Some parents will be forced to make the gut-wrenching choice between keeping their life savings and keeping their child alive.

“The Affordable Care Act has problems that we need to work together to fix. The bill the House just passed solves none of these problems. But there is still time for my colleagues who have supported this moral and economic disgrace to find their courage and change course. I am ready and willing to work with them in a bipartisan way to reduce premiums, lower drug prices, expand access to care, and do the work our constituents sent us here to do.”