Press Statement from Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Rosenthal regarding the defeat of the Senate health care bill known as "The Health Care Freedom Act":

Friday, July 28, 2017

 

(Boston, MA) - "Health Care For All is relieved that the US Senate voted last night to not move forward with their "skinny repeal" which could have dismantled the pillars of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and put coverage out of reach for millions of Americans. The defeat of the Senate health care bill is a key victory for consumers and advocates as it effectively blocks Congress from using the budget reconciliation process to repeal the ACA. It also means that hundreds of thousands of residents in the Commonwealth will be able to continue to access the health care they need.

"We are grateful to our entire Congressional delegation for fighting to protect the ACA and Medicaid. We would like to thank Senators Markey and Warren who stood up for Massachusetts by opposing this harmful bill. We are also highly appreciative of Governor Baker's strong leadership at the national level where he joined a bipartisan group of governors who urged the Senate to reject the bill. We are very fortunate to have all of these elected officials working with us.

"We know that the battle to protect our care is far from over as Medicaid and other health care programs remain vulnerable to attacks through tax reform and other legislative avenues. We encourage the US Congress to work on a bipartisan approach to strengthen the ACA so that it works for all Americans. In Massachusetts, we have reached almost universal coverage with over 97% of our population insured, thanks to both state and national health reforms. HCFA is committed to advocate for consumers at the state and federal level and to improve the health care system so that it meets the needs of each and every one of them."