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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty Statement on CBO Score of Revised GOP Health Care Bill

May 24, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act:

“In the weeks leading up to the House vote on this bill, I heard from the mom of a child with leukemia, the sister of a woman who overcame brain cancer, the parents of a young man who has been severely disabled since birth, and so many other families just from my congressional district. They are all terrified that this bill will risk their loved ones’ health and ruin them financially. Today’s CBO report confirms their worst fears.

“The CBO report projects that the AHCA would rob millions of Americans of their health insurance, force hardworking families to pay more money for less coverage, and subject Americans who get sick through no fault of their own to bankrupting medical bills. It was completely irresponsible for the House to pass this bill without a full understanding of the effect it would have on American families. Now that we have this CBO report, it’s painfully clear that we should not force this legislation upon the people we serve. 

“As I have said again and again and again, the Affordable Care Act has problems that we need to work together to fix. But for most families, this proposal would mean higher costs and worse coverage. We should start fresh with a bipartisan plan that solves the problems in our current system and brings us closer to our shared goal of quality, affordable health care for every American.”