Statement on Failure of Health Law Repeal

By Jason Bailey
March 24, 2017

Statement by Jason Bailey, KCEP executive director, on the failure of health repeal in the House of Representatives:

“Today is a great day for the health of Kentuckians and the economy of the Commonwealth in the failure of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the US House of Representatives. Kentucky gained more from the ACA than any other state, and would have more to lose from its repeal. The legislation under consideration would have given large tax cuts to millionaires while resulting in lost coverage for hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians. It would have set back progress on fighting Kentucky’s opioid crisis, reduced access to preventive care, driven up insurance costs and eliminated jobs in doctors’ offices and hospitals.

It is now time for Kentucky’s state and federal leaders to abandon inaccurate attacks on the law. They should turn their attention to further strengthening the foundation created by the ACA of expanded coverage, greater affordability and improved health.”