Last week, the House voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act in a last-ditch effort to score political points, at the expense of millions of Americans. Over the last two months, I watched my colleagues rush a bill to a vote, enact last minute changes, hide the content from Americans, and deny other Members of Congress the opportunity to engage in a debate that would actually improve our health care system.
I want you to know I fought for San Diegans along the way:
I was there for the 27 hour meeting in the Energy and Commerce Committee after the first version of
the health care bill was released and recklessly pushed through in only a few days.
We still didn't know how much the bill cost or how many stood to lose coverage, so I urged my colleagues to allow experts and interest groups to weigh in before we voted.
I sat down with CNN's Wolf Blitzer after the first
vote was cancelled
and recapped the meeting in the Energy and Commerce Committee. I shared my frustrations over the lack of bipartisanship that left us with a bill opposed by doctors,
nurses, hospitals, and just about everyone because it would make the problems
in our healthcare system worse, not better.
The next week, the Congressional Budget Office released a report that found 24 million Americans would lose coverage under the health care bill and that out-of-pocket costs would rise, especially for San Diego seniors.