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Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017 5:09 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep Paul Cook, of Yucca Valley, joined all but nine of his fellow Republicans in Congress Friday and voted to approve a budget resolution that will begin to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

On a vote of 227-198 almost exactly on party lines, House Republicans approved a budget resolution that sets the stage for a repeal of wide swaths of the Affordable Care Act.

Cook did not respond to requests for an interview by presstime. His office released the following statement:

“I believe any new plan must roll back Obamacare regulations and mandates while ensuring that every American has access to quality care to fit their budget. Today’s legislation is a procedural vehicle that, by itself, will not make any changes to health care laws, but will prevent the obstructing of the eventual repeal and replace legislation.”

Several Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and President-Elect Donald Trump, have said the Affordable Care Act will be repealed this month and replaced almost immediately with new health care legislation. Others predict it will take months to draft and pass a replacement for Obamacare.

Cook’s statement indicates a replacement plan is in the works.

“While the text of the new legislation is not yet complete, we need a plan that decreases premiums, makes it easier for employers to offer affordable healthcare options for their employees, and allows greater freedom for people to purchase a plan of their choice,” the statement reads.

“The bottom line is that the new plan must provide more options and ensure anyone who chooses to get insurance has the ability to buy a plan they can afford.”

The legislation Cook helped to pass Friday is a budget resolution that allows Congress to repeal the parts of the ACA that dictate how much the government spends or taxes for Obamacare provisions.

The Senate approved the resolution 51-48 on Thursday.

Committees from the House and Senate will now meet to instruct the budget committee on how to repeal the ACA.

Once the repeal legislation is written, both chambers of the Legislature can pass it with a simple majority. It will go to Donald Trump, who will be president at that point, for a signature.

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  • WonderfulLife posted at 8:23 pm on Fri, Jan 27, 2017.

    WonderfulLife Posts: 104

    Hey, Tim Humppreville. . .
    So, when the Declaration of Independence says that we are entitled to "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness" that means with NO ABORTIONS, we are forced have life, but no guarantee of happiness because you can only have happiness when you have health.

    OH, wait a i minute . . . I forgot . . we can "Pursue" Happiness, just like we will have "access" to health care, but that access might not be affordable just as happiness is not guaranteed.

  • Lindap posted at 2:58 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2017.

    Lindap Posts: 29

    The only thing wrong with Obamacare is that it is a half-baked plan that still has us in the clutches of the insurance industry. idavidgraficks is right - it passed Congress because it's really a Republican plan. Why can't we join the civilized world with a true health plan? A single-payer plan, such as Medicare for all. When Con Man Trump promises "health care will be available to all" but that's what we've always had. The catch is "if you're wealthy enough". Americans have long paid more, and gotten less, for healthcare than people in any other developed country.

  • idavidgraficks posted at 11:22 am on Wed, Jan 25, 2017.

    idavidgraficks Posts: 1259

    Mike, two moderate Republican Senators have offered a half-baked HealthCare Plan that lets States keep the ACA or not. This hasn't been flown by the TeaBaggers (that includes Congressman Paul Kook and the Trumpmeister) - so that "New Republican Plan" has a 5% chance of being adopted. Most all critics of the ACA forget that it originally was a Heritage (Repub Thunk Tank) Foundation Plan All the Way and Governor Romney adapted it for his state. Prez Obama made the mistake of thinking republicans would 'welcome' their own HealthCare Plan. It barely squeeked through with all kinds of compromising additions (may Senator Joe Leiberman Rot In Hades) and required the 'goodwill' of the Health Insurance Industry -sure.....hahahahahahahahahahahahashahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha

  • Mike posted at 10:14 pm on Mon, Jan 23, 2017.

    Mike Posts: 921

    Obamacare has proven to be a nightmare for many of us and you nanny state liberals who refuse to understand that​ are idiots.

  • Mike posted at 9:50 pm on Mon, Jan 23, 2017.

    Mike Posts: 921

    Get it?

  • human posted at 8:53 pm on Mon, Jan 23, 2017.

    human Posts: 1

    "Step one towards making America great again! You are not born with the right to free health care, One must work for it. Its going to be a great next four years!"

    Yeah tell that to the poor slob making $8.50 for 35 hours a week that has no benefits. Working hard has nothing to do with how much you make, some people make less and work their butts off. So they get no healthcare? Oh i guess they didn't work hard enough for ya? No they are okay with lettin him die young, really they don't mind. As long as they got theirs. Congress has a new healthcare plan? Naw they just want to gut it, couldn't wait to get rid o that nasty Obama plan, it was just too much of an embarrassment for them. Who cares if millions are cast off, who cares. Great again? so you just throw millions of folks who ya never met, some of whom will die early for sure, and you have the gumption to say that is the path towards greatness? Naw, thats the road of losing, your mind has gone too stiff and your heart has grown dead to even know what the heck I am talkin about, do ya Mr Jones?

  • Mike posted at 2:13 am on Mon, Jan 23, 2017.

    Mike Posts: 921

    TV media is reporting Congress already has a new health care bill.

  • Mike posted at 12:54 pm on Sat, Jan 21, 2017.

    Mike Posts: 921

    @ Mr. Cat:

    Christianity not withstanding, no one was denied care Pryor to tbecause the cost for treating those who could not pay was simply passed on to those that could.

  • CheRojo posted at 2:33 pm on Wed, Jan 18, 2017.

    CheRojo Posts: 188

    The Republicans have no alternative plan to the Affordable Care Act because it WAS their plan. It is a carbon copy of what Mitt Romney implemented in Massachusetts, which itself was based on the Republican response to Clinton's proposed health care reforms in the 90s.

    Disowning their own idea when President Obama latched onto it left them with nothing.

  • aManAndHisCat posted at 1:24 pm on Wed, Jan 18, 2017.

    aManAndHisCat Posts: 301

    Who would Jesus deny because they couldn't pay?

    Paul Cook is no Christian.

  • idavidgraficks posted at 11:56 am on Wed, Jan 18, 2017.

    idavidgraficks Posts: 1259

    pipoon, Just like Cadiz - Cook will say anything but he's a tool of Corporate Special Interests and the RNC. The Republicans have had seven years to come up with something 'like' the ACA and have failed miserably. A couple of more days and the CHAOS will be employed FULL TIME.

  • pipoon posted at 11:06 am on Wed, Jan 18, 2017.

    pipoon Posts: 1

    Last Friday a man at Cook's DC office told me that Cook would not vote on any bill that cripples the ACA before a replacement plan is ready. He broke that pledge that same night. I urge Mr. Cook to not repeal the ACA before a replacement is in place.

  • CheRojo posted at 8:08 am on Mon, Jan 16, 2017.

    CheRojo Posts: 188

    Single payer is the only solution.

  • MacPlastic posted at 11:10 am on Sat, Jan 14, 2017.

    MacPlastic Posts: 35

    I would urge Congressman Paul Cook to have and approve of a alternative affordable healthcare plan first before repealing Obamacare. ..ensuring that every American has access to quality care to fit their budget.

  • Tim Humphreville posted at 6:27 pm on Fri, Jan 13, 2017.

    Tim Humphreville Posts: 155

    Step one towards making America great again! You are not born with the right to free health care, One must work for it. Its going to be a great next four years!


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