Congressman Andy Biggs' Statement on Latest AHCA Version
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Andy Biggs released the following statement to address the latest changes to the American Health Care Act:
"I promised my constituents that I would fight for a clean repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
"As amended, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would not be the clean repeal of Obamacare I promised and would not lower premiums to pre-ACA levels. It would also require states to petition the federal government for a temporary waiver from some Obamacare mandates. Furthermore, the disastrous ACA framework would stay in place. This version does not change the three-phase repeal process that originally gave apprehension about the totality of Obamacare repeal. Additionally, this bill will likely not receive a CBO score before a vote.
"I am currently working on further reforms to the AHCA that could alleviate some of my concerns. The MacArthur amendment is an effort to make the AHCA better, but it does not meet my constituents’ threshold for repeal. I am committed to working with my colleagues to address my concerns leading up to the final House vote, and I stand ready to keep my promise to repeal Obamacare."
Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife Cindy in Gilbert.