Virginia House of Delegates Democratic Leader Reacts to ACA Repeal
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (May 4, 2017 4:45 PM) – David J. Toscano (D-57), Democratic Leader of the Virginia House of Delegates, today issued the following statement:
In 2009, then-ranking U.S. House Budget Committee Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, in speaking against passage of the Affordable Care Act, stated, ‘I don’t think we should pass bills that we haven’t read and we don’t know what they cost.’ Today, Republicans in the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, did just that. They passed their latest Obamacare repeal, which many have not read and have no idea of its impact, thereby bringing them one step closer to stripping up to 24 million Americans of insurance coverage.
This bill threatens Americans with pre-existing conditions, will eliminate millions from Medicaid, will boost costs for the poorest Americans and for our hospitals, and will dramatically increase pressures on Virginia’s budget.
My Republican colleagues in the House of Delegates have consistently argued for repeal; they will now need to explain to their constituents why they stood silent in the face of a measure that will hurt so many and cost so much.”
-David J. Toscano is the Democratic Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates