Washington: The postponement of the vote does not mean the issue is dead in this Congress. It does mean the bill in its current form needs to be improved. I intend to be a part of that improvement.
The bill that was withdrawn in the House today was not a perfect bill, and it did not totally repeal or totally replace the ACA. It did, however, make a good start in that direction. It repealed the individual and employer mandates. It repealed almost all of the ACA taxes. It defunded Planned Parenthood. It put in place a mechanism to slow the rate of growth in Medicaid spending. The bill also repealed the federal mandate on essential health benefits.
Health care is a very important issue for all of us. There are no easy fixes. It is important that we go back to the negotiating table and improve the bill – next time it will pass.