VT Officials React to New Health Care Bill

mikebeat1VERMONT— This past Thursday, the House narrowly approved plans to repeal specific and major elements of the Affordable Care Act. The bill, known as the American Health Care Act, needed 216 of 430 votes to be passed. The final tally of votes by the House of Representatives was extremely close, being in favor of the act by a 217-213 vote.

Vermont Senator Joe Benning stated that he isn’t sorry to see ObamaCare repealed. “My biggest complaint about the ACA (Obama care) was the enforced federal mandate for failure to purchase health insurance,” said Benning. 

 

Benning also discussed how he understands that major changes will be coming. He also questions the American Health Care Act in regards to the state of Vermont. 

 

“With the American Health Care Act passed in the House, I have two concerns,” said Benning. “First, what will it mean for Vermont's ability to make sure our citizens are covered?”

Although he doesn’t know enough about the current status of the state, but it will likely be changed anyway by the Senate.

 Second, Benning wants to know how much it will cost. “Again, I believe it will change by the time it gets through the Senate,” said Benning, “so commenting now is premature.”

Senator Bernie Sanders expressed his disgust with the passing of the bill. “The bill that Republicans passed today is an absolute disaster. It really has nothing to do with health care. It has everything to do with an enormous shift of wealth from working people to the richest Americans.”

The bill would cut Medicaid by $840-billion as well as defund Planned Parenthood. It would also provide a $300-billion tax break to the top two percent of taxpayers. Hundreds of billion of dollars will also be provided to big drug and insurance companies, which according to Senator Sanders, are ripping off the American people."

“Our job now is to rally millions of Americans against this disastrous bill to make sure that it does not pass the Senate,” said Sanders. “Instead of throwing tens of millions of Americans off of health insurance, we must guarantee health care as a right to every American."