WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today released the following statement announcing his opposition to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican leadership-led health care reform bill.
"After reviewing this legislation and receiving the Congressional Budget Office score today, it is clear that this bill is not consistent with the repeal and replace principles for which I stand. I do not think this bill will do what is necessary for the short and long-term best interests of Virginians and therefore, I must oppose it. I do believe that we can enact meaningful health care reforms that put the patient and health care provider back at the center of our health care system, but this bill is not the right answer. This doesn’t change the fact that we need to repeal Obamacare, as I have voted to do. I stand ready and willing to work with my colleagues on legislation that expands choices, increases access, and reduces costs.”
Rep. Wittman's Five Principles for Replacing the Affordable Care Act:
1) All Virginians should be able to purchase health insurance coverage.
2) Choice and access must be prioritized and maintained.
3) We need to get serious about reducing health care costs.
4) Medicare and Medicaid must be protected and preserved.
5) We need to create a system that empowers individuals and the private sector, not one that grows government.
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.