WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) released the following statement today after Congressional Republicans failed to force “TrumpCare” legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the House of Representatives. In an embarrassing blow to President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, who both staked their political capital and reputations on repealing healthcare reform, thebill was pulled from consideration because it lacked the support to pass. Despite last-minute concessions by the President and Republican leaders, they could not overcome reports from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that 24 million Americans would have lost health coverage if this plan had become law.
Grijalva has been a consistent proponent of the Affordable Care Act, and fought hard against efforts to undermine the law. In recent months, he has penned two op-eds (available here and here) and issued a statement highlighting the negative impacts of the GOP’s repeal plan in his district.