Rep. Zeldin Statement on Latest CBO Score of American Health Care Act
Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) released the following statement on the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), H.R. 1628, which passed the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.
“Today, the CBO released the latest score of the AHCA, which included amendments made to the bill in the House.
Prior to the House vote on the AHCA, the CBO had previously scored almost this entire bill. The latest report states that the bill would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over the next 10 years, and lower individual insurance premiums even further than the CBO previously estimated. Furthermore, it’s very important to note that the CBO report is only scoring this one bill, and none of the other administrative and legislative components of the three part GOP plan. This bill will now be forwarded to the Senate as the next step of the legislative process, where further opportunity to debate and amend the legislative text will take place to further strengthen and improve this legislation.
There are too many examples of how Obamacare is deeply flawed. Almost everyone agrees that the current system is failing. I voted for and support the American Health Care Act as a better alternative that eliminates nearly all of the ACA’s taxes and mandates, while continuing to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions. There is so much misinformation being circulated on the AHCA and I recently sent out this statement to help clear up some of the many lies.
Throughout this entire process, I will continue to follow all developments closely and encourage all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to be engaged productively with any great, additional legislative solutions they may have to contribute to this very important process.”