Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement after voting against S. Con. Res. 3, a budget resolution that sets in motion Republicans’ repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and that passed the House of Representatives this afternoon by a vote of 227 to 198:
“I am deeply saddened by the results of today’s vote. The Affordable Care Act has shepherded momentous progress for our nation’s health care system and, especially, for the people of New York. Should this landmark legislation be repealed, more than 2.7 million New Yorkers will lose their insurance coverage – including thousands in the Bronx and Westchester. I had hoped that stakes like these might give pause to Republicans, but today’s vote suggests that they are indeed committed to taking health care away from millions of hardworking Americans.
“Despite today’s disappointing results, my Democratic colleagues and I will continue fighting. The people of New York simply cannot afford the GOP plot to repeal the ACA. I remain committed to protecting this lifesaving law and the improvements it’s brought to my constituents’ health care.”