American Health Care Act Fails in House: Consumers Union Statement

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March 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Health Care Act today was pulled from the floor after failing to garner enough support to pass.

Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, strongly opposed the bill, giving it a failing grade after evaluating it against the group’s principles for any replacement bill.  Below is a statement from Laura MacCleery, Vice President of Policy for Consumer Reports:

“The American Health Care Act was pulled from the floor because it is a hugely flawed bill that would do nothing to lower healthcare costs for Americans.  This legislation would be a disaster for our health system — raising premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, gutting coverage for our most vulnerable and leaving tens of millions without any coverage at all, all while giving the wealthy billion-dollar tax breaks.  The attempt to rush it through the legislative process without any hearings or input from a broad group of stakeholders was as misguided as the legislation itself.

“We are hopeful that today will be a wake-up call for Congress.  Americans deserve real improvements to the care and coverage essential to our health and lives, not hurried, partisan politics.”