May 24, 2017

Manchin Statement on Congressional Budget Office Score of the House of Representatives Healthcare Bill

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the U.S. House of Representative healthcare legislation.

“The House of Representatives passed this healthcare law quickly and without waiting to see the impact it will have on the most vulnerable Americans. They were motivated by politics, not people. The CBO score proves what we already knew to be true - this bill is bad for West Virginians. I have always said I’d be the first in line to repair the Affordable Care Act if it benefitted the people I have been elected to represent, but I cannot support a plan that results in 14 million people losing healthcare coverage next year, cuts $834 billion from Medicaid, significantly reduces the critical subsidies that tens of thousands of West Virginians rely on and ultimately reduces healthcare access for thousands more. Initially, this bill will result in 15 to 20 percent higher premiums over the next few years. Then insurance companies would be able to offer inferior plans at lower costs but with higher risk to West Virginians. We cannot throw the baby out with the bathwater and go back to a time before the ACA where West Virginia families were one illness away from bankruptcy. Every member of Congress must come together to find a solution that does not including ripping healthcare coverage away from seniors and low-income families that need our help the most.”