Five of six Louisiana members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in support of the American Health Care Act on May 4, which rolls back Medicaid benefits by nearly $900 billion over the next decade, allows companies to raise premiums for people with "pre-existing conditions" and ditch certain essential health benefits, blocks funding for Planned Parenthood and generally guts most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
All 193 House Democrats voted against the latest bill, including New Orleans Rep. Cedric Richmond, the only Louisiana Democrat in the House. GOP Reps. Ralph Abraham, Garret Graves, Clay Higgins, Mike Johnson and Steve Scalise voted to support it.
Scalise — also the House Majority Whip — released a video statement following the vote, calling it an "important step to actually get Obamacare [the Affordable Care Act] out of the way so we can lower costs and put you back in charge of making your health decisions."
"Republicans have fulfilled a campaign promise," Richmond said in a statement. "Unfortunately, it was a promise that will have serious life-changing consequences for millions of Americans, including veterans, individuals with pre-existing conditions, older Americans, and those who rely on Medicaid."