Congressman Andy Biggs Submits Amendments for the American Health Care Act
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05) submitted two amendments to the American Health Care Act (AHCA). One amendment would allow individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines. The second would allow states to opt out of any or all provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or AHCA without prior Department of Health and Human Services waiver approval. However, these amendments are not included in the final version of the AHCA that the House of Representatives will be voting on later today. Congressman Biggs released the following statement:
“I have opposed the AHCA from the very beginning because it is not a clean repeal of Obamacare. While I applaud all the hard work of the House Freedom Caucus, which has made every effort in recent weeks to improve this legislation, the final bill unfortunately does not meet the promises I made to my constituents. The two amendments I offered to the AHCA were made in good faith, were reflective of my district’s desires, and would have come as close as possible to a full ACA repeal. They also would have lowered the crushing health insurance premiums that are devastating Arizona families. I am disappointed that my amendments will not be included in the final AHCA package. However, I remain committed to a full repeal of Obamacare and will continue to work with my colleagues to accomplish this end.”
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.