Rep. Marino Statement on Passage of the American Health Care Act
Washington D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217-213. Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement in support of the bill:
“When I was elected in 2010, I made a promise to my constituents that I would work to repeal and replace Obamacare. Today, I am happy to announce that I have fulfilled that promise by voting with my colleagues in the House to pass the American Health Care Act.
“For six years, Obamacare has failed the American people. I have been a vocal leader in efforts to repeal this failed health care law. The AHCA is a vast improvement over Obamacare and it will give the American people the freedom to choose their own health care.”
“The AHCA will lower premiums that have been crushing our families and business owners, reduce an out of control deficit by $337 billion, and provide tax relief for our middle class families by eliminating the individual mandate. The AHCA also makes major entitlement reform by capping Medicaid spending for the first time, empowering the states and saving taxpayers nearly $840 billion.
“As a three time cancer survivor, and the father of someone living with Cystic Fibrosis, I am proud to vote for a bill that continues to protect the most vulnerable Americans. The AHCA ensures no one can be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions, and prohibits lifetime limits on coverage. Additionally, the ACHA provides states with $100 billion to design programs that meet the unique needs of their patient populations and provides an additional $15 billion for mental health and substance abuse disorders.”