Brian Higgins Calls This Past Friday, March 24th’s Defeat a Victory for Hard-Working Americans but Says We Will Continue to Fight to Protect Affordable Care
From the Buffalo, New York Office of U,S, Congressman Brian Higgins
Posted March 27th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Buffalo/Western New York – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement after learning that the American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) was pulled from consideration in the House of Representatives:
“Since the introduction of the Republican healthcare bill, less than three short weeks ago, people across our district and the country have expressed deep concern for the legislation which was better suited to protect wealthy insurance companies’ profit margins than hard-working Americans.
“Today’s defeat of this disastrous legislation, which would have cost both in-terms higher premiums and less coverage, is a victory for children, families, individuals with disabilities and older Americans, but the fight to protect and enhance affordable care continues.
“We always said the Affordable Care Act was a start, not a finish. House Republicans have had seven years to add constructive alternatives to make the Affordable Health Care Act work better. This bill didn’t come close. It was rejected by the American people and Congress and we are all better off.”
Background: Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins, a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Budget Committee (click on the following), spoke on the House Floor in opposition to the bill this past Friday, March 24th.
A Brief Afterword from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – As an outsider from Canada looking in on all of this and as one who has attempted to discuss it with a number of American friends and neighbours, I find it remarkable how many are so unwilling – even in the face of facts showing that private health insurance companies are making a fortune and stand to make even more of a windfall if ‘Obamacare’ is shredded – to consider a publicly funded, universal health care system similar to what Canada and many other countries in the developed Western World have had in place now for decades.
There appears to be something in the American DNA that views anything along the lines of publicly funded health care for all as heading the country down a road to communism or something worse.
Yet it is somehow okay for a country with a military budget already surpassing that of the next seven countries with military expenditures combined, to spend tens of billions a year more while millions of men, women and children go without proper health care.
It is beyond remarkable. It is mindboggling and insane.
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