Rohrabacher responds to vote on health care by stating his support for the American Health Care Act and reform of the so-called Affordable Care Act.
Concerning his vote [earlier this month] for the American Health Care Act, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, released the following statement:
Obamacare was on its own deathbed, risking the health of all Americans as its inevitable end drew closer. Rather than make healthcare more affordable, as the Democrats promised eight years ago, the Obamacare bureaucracy managed to price health insurance out of reach for more and more Americans. As insurance providers of necessity pulled out of a growing number of states, and with doctors themselves quitting, ordinary Americans faced the peril of losing their coverage. Congress was obliged to address the looming crisis. The Republican healthcare proposal takes us in the right direction. While a different approach, it is no less committed to covering Americans with pre-existing conditions. What we sent to the Senate may not satisfy everyone, but it’s vastly superior to the failing Obamacare monstrosity. Ronald Reagan used to say, “The ‘status quo’ in Latin means the mess we’re in.” I’m proud to support the Republican healthcare alternative rather than just maintain the status quo.
Editor’s note: the American Health Care Act was approved by a close vote in the House of Representatives. The matter is now in the hands of the Senate, which seems likely to at least change the bill if not vote on its own different version. The matter will then go to a House-Senate conference committee to reconcile differences before it can be sent to President Trump. No timeline exists yet for all this to get done. No Senate committee or floor activity is scheduled until Tuesday, May 23. Congress will take a break from May 29 through June 2 in honor of Memorial Day.
Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA-Fullerton) also voted in favor of the American Health Care Act. Rep. Royce has been the object of consistent demonstrations by a local chapter of Indivisible. I have heard nothing about Indivisible demonstrating at Rep. Rohrabacher’s office since the unfortunate incident that resulted in injuries to a Rohrabacher staff member and a demonstrator’s child. Orange County Breeze has not consistently covered Rep. Royce because his Congressional District is not within our coverage area.
Update: according to an article at Bloomberg Politics, the House version of the American Health Care Act has not yet been sent to the Senate — and, indeed, the House may have to vote on the legislation again.