Lee Zeldin and Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy at Sunday's community forum.
Lee Zeldin and Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy at Sunday’s community forum.

Congressman Lee Zeldin voted yes on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which passed the House of Representatives on May 4. The bill would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

After this vote, Mr. Zeldin released the following statement:

“Over the past several years, I have heard from many constituents who have shared their thoughts and ideas on how to improve healthcare in America. Their perspectives span across the ideological spectrum and vary greatly. I sincerely appreciate each and every person who has taken the time to express their opinions on this very important topic.

Almost everyone agrees that our current system is deeply flawed. For example, just yesterday, Iowa’s last major insurer through the ACA, Medica, threatened to remove itself unless something is done to stabilize the markets. Imagine no option at all for an entire state? None! There are too many other examples of how this law is deeply flawed. We all agree healthcare must be improved and that doing nothing is not an option. We are the greatest country in the world and we can and must do better for all citizens.

One of my top priorities in Congress has been to improve healthcare in America. I have always supported the repeal and replace of Obamacare and a smooth transition to a better reality that will improve affordability, access, quality of care and options, while continuing to cover Americans with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parent’s policy.

The American Health Care Act provides relief from billions of dollars of crushing taxes and mandates enacted under the ACA. Additionally, the bill repeals the individual and employer mandates, taxes on prescription and over the counter medications, health insurance premiums and medical devices.

This bill would help Americans access healthcare in ways they previously could not, by increasing competition in the marketplace and offering plans that will be tailored to individual needs. The bill provides flexible options for coverage, such as increased access to health savings accounts, which would allow individuals to set aside pre-tax dollars to help cover health care costs. The bill also creates a Patient and State Stability Fund, endowed with billions of dollars, to increase access to necessary services and to help keep costs down. I am also strongly supportive of the Collins-Faso Amendment, also known as the Property Tax Reduction Act, the single greatest act of fiscal relief ever provided to the County of Suffolk and its taxpayers. Shifting the local share of Medicaid costs to the state, this amendment was included in the legislation that passed the House today. There are also many other very positive aspects of this bill.

There are so many outright lies attacking this legislation, like the social media campaign absurdly claiming that 310,000 NY-1 residents with pre-existing conditions would lose their health care under the AHCA. That’s not within a million degrees of accurate.  The amount of outright lies about the AHCA that have been manufactured and echoed by individuals and entities have been insane. The bill protects people with pre-existing conditions, and gives states greater flexibility to lower premiums and stabilize the insurance market. The lies about this bill are being perpetuated by the same people who told us if you liked your plan, you could keep your plan, if you liked your doctor, you could keep your doctor, and that premiums under the ACA would decrease by $2,500 per family.

Passage of this bill is an important step in a multi pronged effort to improve health care in our country.

There is still much more work ahead to improve healthcare for all Americans in addition to the passage of this bill. The next steps of this process include administrative action to further ensure a smooth transition, as well as additional legislative action, which started with the passage of the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101) and the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 372), to allow the pooling of policies across state lines and reform current law to increase competition in the health insurance market. There are also other necessary reforms to healthcare that can’t be accomplished through the budget reconciliation process that still should get done: lowering drug costs for patients, providing additional flexibility in Medicaid for states to manage their own programs as effectively as possible, and medical legal reforms.

A smooth transition during this period is critical. I will continue to follow all developments on this process closely over the coming months.”

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19 thoughts on “Zeldin’s Statement on Health Care Act Vote

  1. Zeldin is correct that the main feature of this repeal bill will save billions of dollars for some Americans. Unfortunately he does not mention that these Americans are in the top 1%. In other words, the bill is another tax break for the wealthy.

  2. And, let us recognize the impact it will have on those poor and elderly Americans who need Medicaid. Get ready for even longer lines in your hospital emergency room! Let us pray that that the US Senate is more sensible.D Murphy Miller Place

  3. Zeldin refused to even listen to the plea’s made by his constitutents in CD1. His office staff claimed there was no Health Bill Pending, his fax machine was and is not taking faxes and his Patchogue office phone has been solid busy for two days. He hid from everyone and then makes statements on CNN about how it doesn’t matter anyway because NY will fix his mess. So I guess we are then at the mercy of all the other states Congressmen with this kind of attitude. You represent all of us.

  4. I forgot to mention, any comments made on Facebook or on twitter have been deleted by Zeldin and or his staff. Freedom of speech is being denied because we don’t agree with Zeldin or Trump – it get’s deleted, or classified as FAKE news. Our country is a disgrace thanks to the Republicans. Thanks!

    1. Screen shot your comment on his post, it’ll have a timestamp. Go back a few hours later to see if it’s still there… if not, you now have proof.

  5. Lee zeldin refused to have a real town hall, cut off his phones, and did not listen to his constituents. Instead, he “took orders” from “leadership.” Did he read the bill? Or did he not care?

  6. What bs, Lee Zeldin is such an asshole. Oh, and by the way, his own publicly financed healthcare plan as a “public servant” is exempt from this “smooth transition to a better reality.” We can’t get rid of him and others like him fast enough.

  7. Pregnancy is a preexisting condition under Trumpcare, but no worries, erectile dysfunction is still covered. Way to go Zeldin!

  8. I’m sure Lee Zeldin didn’t read the bill. If he had I’m positive that he wouldn’t have voted for it. I’m sure he must be a caring person. He wouldn’t possibly have left so many people uncovered. Only a sadistic, non-caring person would vote for such a bill. Hasn’t he told us many times that he has his constituent’s best interest at heart? (Sarcasm-just in case you didn’t get it!!)

  9. Lee Zeldin, no surprise here, he does not care about the general pubic, failed to mention tax breaks for the wealthy, glad he has good coverage . Selfish piece of crap, should be ashamed of himself..

  10. Congressman Zeldin demonstrated lack of integrity and leadership by rushing to vote yes on this bill and failing to wait for the Congressional Budget Office’s nonpartisan analysis on the bill which is customary. “Either the United States will destroy ignorance, or ignorance will destroy the United States.”
    W.E.B. DuBois

  11. When a process is flawed or not up to standard, you repair or revise it. Why the rush to push this substandard trash heap of legislation before the CBO even had an opportunity to provide analysis? Why replace a flawed piece of legislation with one that is even less acceptable to your constituents? Are you deliberately trying to harm your constituent? You have put party in front of the needs of the people and that is simply NOT acceptable!
    If this new plan I should soooo good, Mr. Zeldin, why are you exempt from using it as your health plan for you and your family? Why do you deserve better than your constituents?

  12. Zeldin choose to allow the majority in his district to suffer, to help the 1%, WE will NOT forget! He owns TRUMPCARE!

  13. The night before the vote, one of his staffers said he hadn’t read the bill yet. Another staffer told a constituent they didn’t know how he was going to vote. Many of us already knew how Zeldin was voting and we don’t even work there! It is clear from his Facebook page, the majority of his constituents are angry and frightened about their healthcare, and do not agree with his position. Yet he continues to believe whatever his party and dictator tell him, and he votes 100% with party. He refused to answer a distraught mothers question about care for her heroin addict son. Others have babies with birth defects and his office will not make appointments with the parents because they are perceived as liberal obstructionists. Zeldin is all about party over people and it is about time the press stop giving him so much coverage to spew his lies. He says one thing yet votes the opposite. What he neglected to tell this paper is that he received huge amounts of campaign $$$$$ from the insurance industry. Time to vote him out in 2018. People over party.

  14. I dare you to stand before your constituents and answer their questions, without filters and allotted times. I dare you to defend to their faces your morally bankrupt and gratuitously cruel vote on the AHCA. I dare you to display the courage of your so-called conviction that the AHCA is in America’s best interests and confront those you represent who will suffer needlessly and die sooner because of you and 216 of your craven Republican colleagues.

  15. He won’t be able to turn off his fax,telephone or facebook page for the next election.

  16. Zeldins behavior in ‘orchestrating’ his town halls to benefit his positions and his hard line Republican voting record are the reasons we can’t have him for another term. The bills he has voted to pass hurt the country, the poor, those in need, bear cubs in their dens, etc. I can’t say that I have seen 1 thing that he has done that specifically benefits us who live in NY CD01. If there is something, it is greatly outweighed by all the things that harm Americans. His mother must be so proud…..

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