West Texas Congressmen speak on healthcare bill negotiations

WASHINGTON D.C. (KOSA) -- After the vote for the American Health Care Act was called off on Friday, Congressman Mike Conaway released in a statement:

“After seven years of promising the American people that we would repeal and replace Obamacare, we got very close but ultimately came up short. Throughout the course of the day, it became clear that there was still not a consensus and President Trump asked Speaker Ryan to delay any further work on this legislation. The fact that we couldn’t get there shows just how difficult this process is."

Conaway, who represents District 11, went on to say “Our country deserves a health care system that does not lead with bureaucratic mandates and costly penalties, but rather with empowering families and individuals to make the health care choices that work best for them. Obamacare is still a deeply flawed law, and while I am extremely disappointed that we were not able to repeal Obamacare today, this is certainly not the end of the conversation.”

Congressman Will Hurd, U.S. Representative for the 23rd Congressional district in Texas also released a statement on the AHCA:

“Under our current healthcare system, millions of American families and small businesses still don’t have access to the healthcare they need. I respect the efforts that Speaker Ryan and House Republicans made by putting forward a proposal to try and address these issues. Unfortunately, the AHCA in its current form created new challenges."

After Republican leaders abruptly postponed the vote on the GOP health care bill Thursday, President Trump declared he was finished negotiating. He sent Republicans opposed to the current measure a message through OMB Director Mick Mulvaney that he was done negotiating and he wanted the vote Friday. However, the bill was withdrawn after republicans failed to garner enough support to pass it.