The Republican health care bill narrowly passed in the House Thursday, delivering a victory for President Donald Trump just six weeks after nearly leaving the measure for dead. Here's a look at how local representatives voted.
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OPPOSED: "This afternoon’s vote on the House Floor can best be described with one word: shameful," Quigley said in a statement. "Today, Republicans put politics over people by moving forward on a bill with only hours’ notice and without an updated cost estimate. Unfortunately, we know the cost it will have on tens of millions of Americans who will lose health care coverage as a result. Quality, affordable care is a right for all, including for our seniors and those with pre-existing conditions who will now be forced to pay considerably higher out-of-pocket costs under this bill. I was proud to vote for the Affordable Care Act, which was one of my first votes in Congress. This historic, life-saving law gave people the peace of mind that comes with reliable coverage that doesn’t force a choice between taking care of your well-being and putting food on the table. Prioritizing the fulfillment of campaign promises should never come at the expense of our constituents’ health."
SUPPORTS: “We cannot wait any longer to bring relief to the American people suffering under Obamacare," Kinzinger said in a statement. "In Illinois, premiums have gone up more than 40%. Across the country, outrageous deductibles and fewer provider choices are commonplace under Obamacare. The so-called ‘Affordable Care’ Act, Obamacare, has had a damaging effect on patient care, insurance coverage and our economy. Today, I voted to repeal and replace Obamacare, just as the American people asked for on Election Day. The AHCA puts patients back in charge of their own healthcare, and includes several layers of protection for individuals with pre-existing conditions."
SUPPORTS: “Maintaining the status quo under a failing law is simply unacceptable. I have had great concerns about this bill, and expressed those to Speaker Ryan and House leadership. But doing nothing isn't an option, which I why I supported this amended bill as an important next step in the longer process of broader health reform that will benefit Illinois," Hultgren said in a statement. “The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) downward spiral is accelerating. This year, three of the seven counties in the 14th Congressional District are left with only one insurance carrier on the ACA exchange, and there are communities in my district that saw premium increases of up to 77.3 percent in 2017. The forecast for next year is more desperate, which is why I support moving a solution forward that does something to protect care for people in the 14th District. Not only are these ACA plans more expensive, but insurers are seriously restricting choice to control escalating costs, refusing coverage for some of the best doctors and hospitals in northern Illinois. Thousands of individuals and families can no longer go to their trusted doctors or get care at their nearest hospital."
SUPPORTS: "Today, U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam voted for the American Health Care Act, which responsibly repeals and replaces Obamacare," Roskam's office said in a statement.
OPPOSED: "House Republicans have done it," Schakowsky said in a statement. "They have voted in favor of a horrible bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they have opposed the will of the American people, they have ignored the warnings of doctors, nurses, and patient groups, and they have told their constituents that they care more about toeing the party line than protecting the health care of millions of Americans.”
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OPPOSED: "-I was proud to cast my vote against the American Health Care Act," Foster said in a statement. "This is the 65th time Republicans have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but now we know what their replacement looks like. It would be an unmitigated disaster for hardworking Americans across this country."
OPPOSED: “Watching Republicans celebrate as they stripped health care coverage from millions of Americans was angering. Taking political retribution against Obama is one thing, but what Republicans are doing is snatching health care coverage from sick people, families and the elderly to make a political point," Gutierrez said in a statement. "Attacking Pearl Harbor, firing on Fort Sumter and invading Iraq looked like good ideas to the perpetrators at the time. But in the end, they were huge blunders that harmed America and came back to haunt those who to took those actions. That is how I see this health care vote for Republicans. Republicans kicked a hornets’ nest and it is not too soon to begin saying goodbye to some of my Republican colleagues from moderate Districts, because this will cost them dearly.”
OPPOSED: Rush did not issue a formal statement, but tweeted "This is not what America stands for. All Americans need proper healthcare coverage. No to #Trumpcare."
OPPOSED: Kelly had not issued a formal statement, but tweeted just before the vote that she was "headed to the Floor to cast my NO vote on #Trumpcare. I won't make Illinoisans pay more for less."
OPPOSED: Lipinski has not issued a formal statement, but records show he voted against the measure.
OPPOSED: Davis did not issue a formal statement, but tweeted "2017 and now facing 1861 healthcare coverage. We put a man on the moon & cured infectious diseases...its 2017. If now now;when?"
OPPOSED: Krishnamoorthi tweeted Thursday, "We lost this #AHCA vote but not the fight for American health care. I haven't given up and neither should you."
OPPOSED: Schneider had earlier spoken out against the GOP bill. He tweeted , "This is the definition of cruelty. The #ACA repeal bill cuts resources for students with disabilities."
SUPPORTS: “We have two options at this important juncture. We can stand by and watch Obamacare collapse by allowing health care options to become increasingly unaffordable and inaccessible. Or we can take action to return control of health care from Washington back to the states and restore the free market so Americans can access quality, affordable health care options," Bost said in a statement. “The American Health Care Act is not perfect, but it is a step in the right direction to decrease premiums and expand and enhance health care options so Americans can find a plan that’s right for them. Importantly, the bill provides a stable transition to help ensure low-income Americans have access to quality, affordable options through a new, competitive, state-based private insurance marketplace.”
SUPPORTS: “It’s unfortunate that many of the same groups selling the broken promises of Obamacare seven years ago are now spreading misinformation about the American Health Care Act (AHCA), particularly misinformation about pre-existing conditions. This is insulting to me as someone whose wife is an 18-year survivor of colon cancer – a specific form of colon cancer that is genetic and one I pray my children do not have. This bill does not weaken pre-existing conditions. The same protections currently mandated under Obamacare to prevent insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, remain. This bill goes a step further than Obamacare to help those with pre-existing conditions by including provisions that not just help people get insurance coverage, but insurance they can actually afford," Davis said in a statement. “We promised the American people we would do whatever necessary to fix our broken health care system and this bill is just the start. You will continue to see the House pass legislation that focuses on lowering costs and providing better options for all Americans.”
SUPPORTS: “For seven years, I’ve fought to repeal all of Obamacare’s mandates, middle class taxes, abortion subsidies, insurance company bailouts, and unaffordable, one-size-fits-all health insurance plans. I also assured my constituents that our replacement would include protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. My vote today does all of the above," Shimkus said in a statement. “Passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is a win for President Trump, but more importantly it’s a win for the millions of Americans who are forced to buy a product they can’t afford to use. The AHCA will empower states to offer, and patients to choose from, a broader range of affordable insurance plans that better fit each individual and family’s unique needs.”
OPPOSED: Bustos vocally opposed the GOP health care bill, even speaking on the floor against it. "I just spoke on the floor against #Trumpcare because it will undermine the health and economic security of millions of Americans," she tweeted.
SUPPORTS: LaHood did not release a statement and has not posted on social media regarding his stance on the bill.