Katko Upholds Longstanding Pledge on Obamacare, Pushes for Immediate Reforms to Healthcare

Washington, D.C. – Following today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to begin the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) released the following statement on his decision to vote against the measure:

“Since I began running for Congress, I have been very clear on my stance towards Obamacare:  I have always maintained that it should either be radically restructured or replaced.  Obamacare is a deeply-flawed law that has led to rising premiums and fewer options for consumers.  If left unreformed, it will collapse in the coming years.  However, I believe before this flawed law is repealed, a viable plan must be ready to replace it in order to ensure that millions of Americans do not lose coverage overnight.

“Today, the House voted to begin the process of repeal; however, because there has been no clear plan laid out to replace Obamacare, I voted no.  I completely agree with President-elect Trump that repeal and replacement should occur at the same time.   This is a view that is shared by a clear majority of Americans. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to come up with a clear, viable, and effective replacement plan.  When that happens, hopefully in the coming weeks, I will happily join my party in repealing Obamacare.”

Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and a portion of Oswego County.  For more information, please visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.