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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia


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Comstock Statement on AHCA

March 24, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock made the following statement on the American Health Care Act:

“We have spent weeks working with our colleagues, talking to our constituents, and hearing from medical professionals and stakeholders on the life and death issues surrounding health care and how we can transition to a better health care system. We appreciate the hundreds of people we met with and talked to -- from a variety of viewpoints -- who shared their genuine concerns and health care experiences with us.  While this bill addressed important principles like covering pre-existing conditions and not having lifetime limits imposed on the sick, and reducing costs and increasing choices for many working families, the uncertainties in the current version of the bill caused me not to be able to support it today.”  

“The ACA is in a death spiral that Democrats refuse to acknowledge, and it is failing many families and individuals who struggle with skyrocketing premiums, higher deductibles, and less choice. We've heard from people with crushing $1800 a month premiums and thousands and thousands in uncompensated care under Obamacare.  We've heard from people who lost their insurance because of Obamacare and couldn't afford the exchanges and were forced to pay fines for not purchasing unaffordable healthcare.  This year it is anticipated that more providers will abandon the exchanges or hike rates by double digits. This is unsustainable and I am still committed to a 21st century health care system that will help working families get better and more affordable health care.  We can continue to work on reform initiatives. Just this week we voted on two health care insurance reform bills which should get to the President's desk as quickly as possible to provide relief.”