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CONSISTENT WITH PROMISE TO DISTRICT, REP. JOHN KATKO ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION BEFORE THE HOUSE

March 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the following statement regarding the current healthcare legislation before the House:

“Obamacare has failed to keep its promises.  Large insurers are pulling out of exchanges; co-ops are failing, premiums are skyrocketing; and deductibles are high.  Left untouched, Obamacare will collapse and American healthcare consumers will be the victims. 

“My position on Obamacare has been clear since I first ran for office in 2014: we need to repeal or radically restructure the law, and have a replacement ready at the time we do so.  Despite some promising reforms, I do not support the proposal before the House in its current form.  This bill represents only the first step of a long process of healthcare reform and it is not at all clear what the final form will look like.  Substantial future administrative and legislative action would be needed.

“Fundamentally, I don't believe this proposal provides an adequate market-based option for insurance access, nor does it address out-of-control costs.  Further, I am confident the proposal would harm hospitals across my district.  Hurting New York State, to benefit other regions does not sit well with me.

“The Administration and Leaders in Congress deserve credit for starting this process.  But we should take the time to ensure a viable market-based alternative to Obamacare is ready simultaneous with the repeal. I believe we can get there.”

Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County.  For more information, please visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.

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