Westerman Votes to Gut Obamacare
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) voted Wednesday (Jan. 6) for reconciliation, a bill that would gut the Affordable Care Act and repeal large portions of Medicaid expansion.
Westerman participated in a press conference Wednesday morning with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris-Rogers. He made the following statement at Wednesday’s press conference:
“Today is an exciting day where we see the process of reconciliation work, where we will put a bill on the president’s desk and give him the choice to support the American people or to reject the will of Congress and the will of the American people," Westerman said. "This bill guts Medicaid expansion. This is one of the most egregious parts of Obamacare. If you look at traditional Medicaid, it’s for the aged, blind, and the disabled. Medicaid expansion is for working age, able-bodied adults. We pay 57 percent of the cost to states for traditional Medicaid the aged, blind, and disabled yet we’re paying 90 percent to 100 percent for the cost of Medicaid expansion. Today’s a good day. I’m excited to be a member of Congress and a part of the Republican conference.”