San Clemente, CA -- Early this afternoon, House Republicans rammed through a repeal of the Affordable Care Act in a gross display of incompetence and shortsightedness which will lead to the elimination or weakening of health care insurance for millions of Americans. Darrell Issa, in a unusually brazen display of cowardice -- even for him -- repeatedly refused to answer questions from both reporters and constituents on how he planned to vote. Instead, eventually he cast the deciding vote in favor of repeal, cementing his place among America’s Worst Elected Officials. In response to Issa’s lack of integrity, Marine Colonel and congressional candidate Doug Applegate issued the following statement:

“Today, Darrell Issa cast the deciding vote to repeal the ACA, and once again, we learned he will never stand with us. We now have a choice. Will America fight for the moral imperative of single payer or accept a third world medicine?

I want to issue a call to arms for every American who either has health care insurance through or supports the ACA. I'd ask them to let Darrell know his vote was their business and that we will hold him accountable when the time comes. While this is a sad day, it only strengthens my resolve that this fight is moral and just and come November 2018, I will make certain that California’s 49th District will have the representation it truly deserves.”

House Republicans forced a vote on the bill prior to receiving a non-partisan analysis of the cost and impact of the final package from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO.) According to an earlier CBO assessment, the American Health Care Act:

  • Would result in 14 million new uninsured in 2018 and 52 million total uninsured by 2026.

  • A 63-day gap in insurance coverage will increase your monthly premium by 30%.

  • Eliminates the Prevention and Public Health Fund, no longer investing in prevention and wellness, a move that will cost more in the long-run.

  • Includes Medicaid cuts that hurt children, people with disabilities and our parents and grandparents in need of long-term care.

The GOP bill was opposed by the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, March of Dimes, American Lung Association, Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Heart Association, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, and AARP, among others.