WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, issued the statement below:
“I came to Congress to improve and expand health care coverage for those who need it most: children with special needs, seniors, and the disabled. I recognize that more needs to be done to lower premiums, expand coverage, and improve the Affordable Care Act, but House Republicans’ American Health Care Act is not the solution.
“Without a doubt, this bill would endanger the health and well-being of the thousands of seniors, families, and veterans that I represent. Nationwide, 24 million Americans and 7 million veterans alone stand to lose coverage if this bill were to become law. The American people deserve better.
“I am committed to working across the aisle to build consensus and develop common sense solutions to improve the lives of all Americans. Unfortunately, this effort showed no evidence of bipartisanship and adds insult to injury not only to the American people, but to our institution. It is our responsibility to take a measured, thoughtful, and targeted approach when dealing with the issue of health care in this country rather than the rushed, partisan tactics we saw this afternoon.
“When all was said and done, I voted in the best interest of those I represent by casting a no vote on the American Health Care Act.
“When I took the oath of office to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, I swore to faithfully represent the 15th District of Texas – a tremendous responsibility that I take very seriously. My no vote today, I believe, was not only the right approach to take, but also the most responsible.”