Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Congresswoman Sewell Opposes Efforts to Dismantle the ACA and Increase the National Debt

Jan 17, 2017
Press Release
GOP-Approved Budget Resolution adds $9.5 Trillion to the National Debt, Repeals the ACA, and provides no replacement plan

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (AL-07) released the following statement after opposing S.Con.Res. 3, the GOP Budget Resolution, on Friday. The resolution passed on a near partisan vote of 227-198. Nine budget-cautious Republicans joined the Democrats to oppose the measure.

“On behalf of the more than 20 million Americans and over 165,000 Alabamians who stand to lose their health insurance under Republican’s plans to repeal the ACA, I voted against the GOP Budget Resolution on Friday. This measure sets repeal of the ACA into motion without a replacement plan and adds over $9.5 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years.

The ACA is not perfect. This is why I have worked across the aisle to increase Alabama’s hospital reimbursements, decrease costs to individuals and businesses in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid, increase innovation, and stabilize the markets. While the Republicans know what it will take to fix what’s wrong with the ACA and build upon what’s working, they have yet to produce a replacement plan that works for the American people. Simply put, repeal without replace is a disgrace.

According to the Office of Management and Budget, the Republican budget includes virtually no deficit reduction and would allow debt held by the American people to increase by roughly $9.5 trillion over the next ten years.  The American people deserve a Congress that will work together to fix what’s wrong with the ACA and build upon what’s working. As representative of a heavily underserved district in a state dependent upon the solvency of Medicaid and Medicare, I stand ready to work with my colleagues to increase access, decreases costs, and stabilize the markets.”