The American Health Care Act of 2017 was passed Friday by House Republicans in a vote of 217 to 213. The bill seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act, cutting Medicaid spending and changing the incentive structure to reduce government subsidies.
Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo believes the bill passed by the House Republican leadership will “cripple health care” around the country and force millions of Americans to lose coverage.
Bordallo said the bill does nothing to address the unique health challenges in the territories, and does not include important provisions that would make health care more affordable and accessible.
“I believe that we must find ways to remove the disparity between the 50 states and the territories in Medicaid and bring down insurance costs,” Bordallo said in a statement yesterday.
The Guamd delegate said she would continue to advocate for the elimination of Guam’s Medicaid cap and providing Medicaid eligibility to Compact of Free Association migrants, and will encourage her colleagues in the Senate to oppose the bill.