DeLuca: House Republicans went out of their way to bury ACA-related bills

HARRISBURG, April 27 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, today released the following statement regarding House Republicans’ conduct and action to block bills on Monday critical to ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to the health coverage they deserve:

“Today, after many months of hoping to vote on critical legislative measures – including my House Bill 469 – that would grant all Pennsylvanians access to health coverage they deserve, House Republicans decided to bury these bills in a different committee.

“Luckily, for the time being, the Affordable Care Act gives residents access to health insurance with these crucial consumer protections. But Republicans and special interest groups across the nation are doing everything to dismantle that, which is why we’ve been working so hard to get these bills to the House chamber.

“I’m not shocked – I’m appalled. I’m appalled that a group of elected officials, who were elected on behalf of state residents to do what was best for the commonwealth, could block these measures strictly on party lines to prevent a much-needed discussion in the House chamber.

“These House bills could do a lot of good for state residents, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. Somehow, some way, that notion fell upon deaf ears, and I have yet to fully wrap my mind around what transpired. The House chamber can do better. Pennsylvanians deserve better.” DeLuca said.