West Virginia Representatives Weigh In On Health Care Vote

Hundreds of residents attended the Bluefield Regional Job Fair on Monday morning where Congressmen Evan Jenkins and Morgan Griffith were special guests. Instead of receiving the expected questions such as, “What do you think employers are looking for?”, they received questions along the lines of “What do you think will happen with the health care bill?”

“Just in the last 15 minutes, I’ve had several people come up to me that are on Obamacare and their biggest complaint is literally $5,000 and $10,000 deductibles and $1,700 a month for that particular individual in premium. Even though they might have insurance, they can’t afford it, and they then can’t go to the doctor. So we’ve got to fix it,” U.S. Representative of West Virginia, Evan Jenkins, told us.

For months, Congress has been back and forth trying to agree on a way to repeal and reform the nation’s health care plan.

The House of Representatives passed a version of the bill, The American Health Care Act, over two month ago. All three representatives of West Virginia voted for that bill.

“The current system is broken. We need to fix it. We need to make sure we protect preexisting conditions. We need to protect black lung, and those are things I fought for in the House-version and it’s in the version we passed in the House,” added Rep. Jenkins. 

However, the Senate announced just days before the July 4th holiday period, that no vote would be made on their end yet. Major Republican party leaders like Senator Shelley Moore Capito have publicly said they cannot support the bill the way it is currently written. She released a statement saying quote:

“I came to Washington to make the lives of West Virginians better,including those on Medicaid and those struggling with drug addiction. I continue to believe we must repair what can be fixed, scrap what is not working, and create a better health care reality for West Virginians…. As drafted, the Senate health care bill is not the right fix for West Virginia, and I cannot support it.”

But members of Congress are willing to continue to fight for what they believe is the right thing for all Americans. 

“We have got to do something that helps the average American family bring those costs down. I believe the House bill will do that, and I hope the Senate bill will, as well.  Hopefully they’ll get something passed before we go on our August recess, and I’m advocating that we stay in session until we at least get that passed,” U.S. Representative of Virginia, Morgan Griffith, told WOAY. 

So what happens next? Well the Senate will get to work again this week to settle differences over the legislation with hopes of holding a vote next week. 

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