The vote today by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act would make insurance more expensive for anyone with pre-existing conditions, increase out of pocket costs for low-income individuals, revoke coverage for mental health and substance-use disorder treatment, and erode King County’s ability to respond to disease outbreaks.
“House Republicans passed a health care bill without fully explaining it to the American people, or even understanding its cost and consequences,” said Executive Constantine. “Health care is too vital to be playing political games. King County has made health reform work, and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents. The Trump/Ryan plan takes us backwards, putting at risk basic health insurance and treatment for people struggling with behavioral health and substance use. We will continue to fight to preserve what works in health reform, and beat back attempts to turn back the clock.”