Rep. Barr, Sen. McConnell weigh in on House American Health Care Act vote
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Following a House vote which passed the American Health Care Act, a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, Representative Andy Barr, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (both Republicans,) have issued statements addressing the vote.
Congressman Barr said, in part, “Today is a great day for freedom in America. After seven years of broken promises, lost coverage, skyrocketing premiums, thousands of pages of regulations, tax penalties, collapsing co-ops, fewer jobs, and state exchanges which are now in a death spiral of fewer choices and rising costs – the House of Representatives has taken a critical step in the process that will finally repeal and replace Obamacare. And we have done so in a way that provides multiple layers of protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”
A statement from Senator McConnell reads, “Obamacare has failed the American people and must be repealed and replaced. Today’s vote in the House was an important step. We are now closer to giving our constituents freedom from the increased costs, diminishing choices, and broken promises of Obamacare. The status quo is unacceptable. The pain caused by Obamacare is real for millions of Americans. We must repeal and replace this failed law.”
The bill passed the House in a narrow 217-213 vote.
Of Kentucky politicians who participated in the vote, Rep. John Yarmuth, the sole Democratic member of the delegation, voted no, as did every Democrat in the House. Rep. Thomas Massie (R) of Northern Kentucky voted no. He believes it doesn’t go far enough. The remaining Republicans – Andy Barr, Hal Rogers, James Comer, and Brett Guthrie, voted yes.