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Statement from Chairman Diane Black on House Passage of the American Health Care Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, following the passage of the American Health Care Act by the full House of Representatives, House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black released the following statement:

“Today, House Republicans fulfilled the promise we made to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare. It has been hard work to reach this point, but governing is never easy, and we were elected to tackle the big issues. I’m proud of my colleagues in the House for staying in the fight to make this bill better over the past couple months.

“It’s now up to the Senate to take up this bill, further strengthen it, and move the process of patient-centered health care forward because Obamacare has been a failure. In Tennessee, premiums have increased 60 percent and there are parts of the state that don’t have a single insurance provider in the marketplace, while two-thirds of counties have only one provider.

“The American Health Care Act rescues the American people from this law and puts in place patient-centered reforms that promote choice and freedom. Our focus has always been on bringing down the cost of health insurance, ensuring access to quality care, and protecting those with pre-existing conditions. This bill does that and I’m proud of the work we’ve done to find real solutions to help Tennesseans.”