Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the passage of the American Health Care Act.
"Whether we like it or not, Obamacare is collapsing and on its way out. Already, in two of the three counties I represent, the Affordable Care Act only offers one provider, with no choice or competition for consumers. In 2016, Miami-Dade County had six providers and next year, will drop to three providers. Collier and Hendry Counties are worse off; they, like forty-five other Florida counties, are left with just one provider. Knowing the people I represent could very well lose their coverage, just like Iowa residents did yesterday when their state marketplace collapsed, is disturbing. It would be irresponsible for Congress not to act in order to prevent this from happening.
"While this bill may be far from perfect, I am glad I was able to work with my colleagues to get significant improvements to the American Health Care Act, including:
$8 billion dedicated to reduce premiums and out-of-pocket costs for patients with pre-existing conditions, in addition to the $130 billion available to states to cut out-of-pocket costs like premiums and deductibles
Protecting Medicaid by reforming it to make sure it is on a sustainable path
An additional $15 billion for maternity coverage and newborn care, and mental health and substance abuse disorders
"I will work with our colleagues in the Senate as they consider the legislation. I will also continue working with HHS Secretary Price and members of the administration to provide relief from the disastrous effects of Obamacare and ensure the AHCA truly serves the needs of my constituents and the American people."