Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) issued a statement yesterday after voting in support of the American Health Care Act (AHCA): “While today is a significant first step, it’s important to remember that this is the beginning. The AHCA repeals the taxes and punitive mandates of ObamaCare while lowering premiums and restoring the freedom for hardworking Michiganders to choose the healthcare plan that best fits their needs – not what Washington dictates they must have.” Said Huizenga "This legislation also includes important protections for Americans to ensure those with a pre-existing condition are not denied coverage. Lastly, in terms of Medicaid, the AHCA provides states with the flexibility and tools necessary to innovate so each state can meet the unique needs of their residents.”
Senator Stabenow responded to the passage of the American Healthcare act, “House Republicans passed a plan that would raise costs for Michigan families, eliminate protections if you or a family member has a preexisting condition like cancer or a heart condition, and take us back to the days when insurance companies were in charge of your health care. I will strongly oppose this plan in the Senate.”
The healthcare bill has been criticized for a change that gives states the option to waive pre-existing coverage requirements. Pre-existing conditions are a label sometimes applied at birth.