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Herrera Beutler votes against GOP’s health bill

first_imgU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler bucked her party on Thursday and voted against the GOP-backed health care bill, which would replace much of the Affordable Care Act.The measure passed the U.S. House on a 217-213 vote.Herrera Beutler — who has long called for a repeal of “Obamacare” — said she worked with her party’s leadership to push for changes to legislation called the American Health Care Act, but that the changes didn’t go far enough.“The difficulties this bill would create for millions of children still need to be addressed. For the last several weeks, I fought to include my amendment to strengthen the Medicaid safety net for the kids who depend on it for their health care,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement. “Protecting vulnerable children is a core purpose of the Medicaid program, and when the program fails to do so, it fails entirely. I could not vote to let those kids fall through the cracks.”Gov. Jay Inslee praised the eight members of Washington’s House delegation, including two Republicans, Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, who voted against the bill.Inslee called Thursday “a shameful day in American history,” adding that the Republican-backed health care bill would strip coverage from 700,000 Washingtonians. The state would lose billions of dollars if it were to become law, he added.last_img read more