May 4, 2017


For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact:
Anat Kelman Shaw, Communications Director
(713) 664-4080,

Statement by Children’s Defense Fund–Texas on Health Care Repeal Vote

AUSTIN, TX – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) despite deep concerns about the bill.

If approved by the Senate and President Trump, the legislation will:

  • Lead to 24 million more uninsured Americans;
  • Increase the cost of insurance for millions of Americans, particularly those over age 50, in rural areas, and/or on a tight budget;
  • Cut Medicaid funding and protections for Texas children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.
  • Allows states to strip protections for pre-existing conditions; and
  • Allow states to strip requirements for insurance companies to cover essential benefits such as maternity care, prescription drugs, and mental health care.

Following the vote, Patrick Bresette, Executive Director of the Texas office of the Children’s Defense Fund released the following statement:

“Passage of this terrible bill represents a moral failure by those elected to protect the wellbeing of their constituents. Twenty-four Republican Texas Congressman chose to ignore the damaging impact their proposal will have on Texans and on Texas children in particular. One in three children in Texas relies on Medicaid for their health care, the same program they just voted to gut.”


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