Bergman Statement on First Budget Committee Hearing

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Washington, January 24, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON – Representative Jack Bergman (MI-1) participated today in a House Committee on the Budget hearing designed to explore the rising cost of health care and other harmful consequences of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The hearing was Bergman’s first as a member of the Budget Committee.

“Under the ACA, every American was promised access to affordable, quality healthcare,” Bergman said. “Faced with skyrocketing premiums, deductibles, and other costs, families and small businesses across Michigan are living under the financial weight of that broken promise. Today's testimony confirmed that fact. While certain provisions deserve preservation, the ACA as a whole is not a sustainable, long-term instrument for providing Michiganders with quality care.

“My colleagues on the other side of the aisle are willing to admit that the ACA’s attempt to fix a broken healthcare system has not been perfect. So why not take the provisions in the ACA that have been successful and move forward with a plan that addresses shortcomings and moves us toward viable, patient-centered care? A successful health care plan won’t just provide quality coverage today, it’ll provide quality coverage 10, 20, even 50 years from now. That’s what we should be working toward here in Congress: a healthy today and a better, stronger tomorrow.”

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