U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) offered the following statement regarding the American Health Care Act ongoing discussions:
"Republicans promised to fix the Affordable Care Act mess, and we must. The current bill has a lot of strong elements -- giving the states more flexibility is sound public policy. Colorado knows better than Washington, DC and anyone who suggests otherwise hasn't been to Washington lately. But we need to tighten some protections for those with preexisting conditions. The critics of the House bill are being totally disingenuous when they say the bill dooms those with preexisting ailments. Individuals with preexisting conditions are guaranteed coverage under the House bill and I like the idea of giving the states flexibility to meet that requirement. But I worry that, under the current language, a small percentage of those with preexisting conditions may not be adequately protected. If House Leadership will work to tighten protections for those with preexisting conditions, I'm a yes on sending this bill to the Senate for further consideration. If not, I'm a no, and we’ll go back to the drawing board to clean up the mess created by the Affordable Care Act."