On Thursday afternoon, the U.S House of Representatives voted to pass the American Health Care Act, legislation that would ultimately replace the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”. While there was suspense over how the final vote would fall in D.C, there was no doubt that the three freshman Democrats from Orlando would oppose the measure.
Representatives Darren Soto, Val Demings, and Stephanie Murphy all voted “no” on the “AHCA” and spoke out after it’s passage.
“TrumpCare takes health care away from 24 million Americans, while the rest of us pay more for fewer benefits.” said Murphy “Older Americans will be especially hurt, and people with pre-existing conditions will be put at risk. This bill offends my conscience and hurts my constituents, and so I voted no.”
Moving outside of the greater Orlando area, Republicans Ron DeSantis from Daytona Beach, Bill Posey from Rockledge and Daniel Webster from Minneola all voted “yes”.
“Today, I voted to end the nightmare that has been the [un]Affordable Care Act(ACA) and to provide Americans with the care they need, at a price they can afford, from the doctor they choose.” said Webster
Following a vote, Republicans held a celebration at the White House with President Donald Trump. The measure now heads to the Senate where it will also face opposition along party lines. Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are expected to cancel each other out by voting “No” and “Yes” respectively.
“The Republican party has ignored the voices of millions of Americans by pushing through this disastrous bill that leaves millions of Americans behind.” said Demings “”I will continue to fight to make sure people in Central Florida, and across the nation, have quality and affordable health care.”