U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford: Health Care Act Comes Up Short
|U.S Rep. Rick Crawford, AR-1-R|
The Republican from Jonesboro was the first member of the Arkansas congressional delegation to reject the bill, which has the backing of House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump.
"I can't support the American Health Care Act proposed by Republican leadership because it doesn't fully repeal Obamacare, which is primarily why my constituents sent me to Washington," Crawford said in a written statement released Tuesday evening. "Arkansans need health care reform that eliminates failed policy and starts from scratch, giving conservatives a real opportunity to create an environment for the free market to address the problems in our healthcare industry."
The lawmaker said he feared that the bill's refundable tax credit would "essentially create a new entitlement program." He also expressed concerns that it would push the nation further into debt.
"[T]he Congressional Budget Office has yet to score the legislation, leaving us to wonder if this bill will increase the deficit and deepen our nation's fiscal problems," he said.
"I am eager to support a bill that truly reforms healthcare for my constituents and the American people, but I can't support this bill in its current form," he added.
Crawford's announcement came less than 24 hours after the legislation was unveiled. His Arkansas colleagues -- all Republicans -- haven't yet stated how they'll vote. . . . [Read article for opinions/positions by other members of the Arkansas Delegation]
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