Congressman Patrick Meehan

Representing the 7th District of Pennsylvania

Meehan Statement on American Health Care Act

May 5, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) issued the following statement today after voting against the American Health Care Act:

“I’ve been a leader in the fight to repeal and replace Obamacare. I hear from constituents every day who face higher costs for less coverage. There’s no question Obamacare is unsustainable,” said Congressman Meehan. “But this legislation doesn’t keep the promises I made to my constituents when I said I would do it.”

“It threatens people with pre-existing conditions with skyrocketing costs. It threatens essential healthcare coverage like mental health and opioid addiction treatments. Monthly premiums for many, particularly older Americans nearing retirement, will rise,” Meehan continued. “This bill doesn’t repeal or fix Obamacare – it simply shifts its failures from one group of Americans to another.”

“Even after major changes to the legislation, the House is voting today without the benefit of a CBO score that will tell us how much it costs or what it may mean for coverage. It’s the product of the same broken process and last-minute deal-making that gave us Obamacare,” said Meehan.

“Now the bill goes to the Senate, where the bill will likely see significant revision. I hope that those changes address the concerns I have and that I’m able to support a final repeal-and-replace bill,” Meehan concluded.