Knight stands by AHCA after Budget Office releases report

By Gina Ender

Last update: Friday, May 26th, 2017

Congressman Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) is sticking to his vote in favor of the American Health Care Act.

On Wednesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the new Republican health care bill would cause 23 million Americans to lose their insurance by 2026. The AHCA was passed on May 4 along party lines as a way for House Republicans to make good on their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“We need a health care program that provides options for our communities and is sustainable for the future,” Knight said in a statement to The Signal on Thursday.

“Like it or not, the Affordable Care Act is failing. Individual market premiums have increased by 105 percent and many providers are leaving the marketplace altogether.”

In light of the Budget Office’s report, Knight stood by the Republican bill.

“The recent CBO score tells us the replacement AHCA will lower premiums and will make the program sustainable for the long run,” he said.

All three of the Democrats who have announced their candidacy for Knight’s seat in the 2018 Congressional race spoke out against the Republican bill on Wednesday.

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Knight stands by AHCA after Budget Office releases report

Congressman Steve Knight listens to constituent questions during a town hall at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center in Simi Valley on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

Congressman Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) is sticking to his vote in favor of the American Health Care Act.

On Wednesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the new Republican health care bill would cause 23 million Americans to lose their insurance by 2026. The AHCA was passed on May 4 along party lines as a way for House Republicans to make good on their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“We need a health care program that provides options for our communities and is sustainable for the future,” Knight said in a statement to The Signal on Thursday.

“Like it or not, the Affordable Care Act is failing. Individual market premiums have increased by 105 percent and many providers are leaving the marketplace altogether.”

In light of the Budget Office’s report, Knight stood by the Republican bill.

“The recent CBO score tells us the replacement AHCA will lower premiums and will make the program sustainable for the long run,” he said.

All three of the Democrats who have announced their candidacy for Knight’s seat in the 2018 Congressional race spoke out against the Republican bill on Wednesday.

gender@signalscv.com

661-287-5525

On Twitter as @ginaender

 

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Gina Ender

Gina Ender

Gina Ender is a journalist covering city government and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in February 2017. You can contact Gina Ender at gender@signalscv.com, 661-287-5525 or follow her on Twitter at @ginaender.

  • Anthony Breznican

    Steve Knight is lying. This is a disaster for America. And he backed it 100%.

    • Ron Bischof

      No specifics and begging the question, Mr. Breznican.

      • Anthony Breznican

        You would defend Steve Knght no matter what he did. Such is the life of a lickspittle.

        • Ron Bischof

          Talking points and name calling but still no proof of lying.

          • Anthony Breznican

            To the thousands in this district who will lose their coverage because of Knight lying about his plans to protect people with pre-existing conditions, it’s not a “talking point.”

          • Ron Bischof

            CA can fund MediCal as it sees fit.

            I”m old enough to remember similar scare tactics about “women and children starving in the streets” when Congress passed and President Clinton signed the Welfare Reform Act 1996.

            http://www.nytimes.com/1996/08/02/us/clinton-s-welfare-shift-ends-tortuous-journey.html

          • Anthony Breznican

            You can make any excuse you like for his lying about this issue. But the smoke-blowing of a Steve Knight cheerleader means nothing to the families frightened about what his betrayal means for their coverage.

          • Ron Bischof

            Assertions aren’t facts. You’re selling fear and assuming that states won’t adapt to serve their citizens.

            People will see through this as they have in recent elections and The Signal will focus on the issues and call out negative campaigning as they did in 2016.

          • Anthony Breznican

            The 77,000 number comes from expert analysis of the bill and projections about its impact: http://time.com/money/4671707/this-chart-shows-how-many-people-in-your-district-will-lose-health-insurance-under-obamacare-repeal/

          • Ron Bischof

            Static projections. Humans and the states they reside in are dynamic. See: 1996.

          • Anthony Breznican

            It doesn’t matter if you don’t want to know. Posting that for the benefit of others who are interested in truth and expert analysis. (I’m under no illusion that truth, facts, or consequences matter to a lapdog.)

          • Ron Bischof

            Your level of debating skills and insults are telling a story that the voters in District 25 need to digest.

            Personally, I wish you to continue your rude and negative behavior as it provides context to this:

            Anthony Breznican • 17 days ago

            “There was so much positive energy at this rally. It was a good feeling to get together with neighbors and stand FOR so something after months spent fighting back against the lies and grim agenda currently being pushed by Steve Knight. Kids ran and played, the adults from Simi, SCV, and Antelope Valley made new friends, and people who have spent decades advocating on behalf of unions and working people gathered for Caforio’s announcement. Honestly, it was more like a community picnic than a political event. Our family and the others we met there were happy to hear a positive vision for a change, one concerned with ALL the residents of CA-25. I’m eager to learn more from both him and Katie Hill as the primary nears.”

            https://signalscv.com/2017/05/13/caforio-officially-announces-candidacy-25th-congressional-district/

            It’s like a faucet that you turn on and off, isn’t it, Mr. Breznican?

          • Anthony Breznican

            That’s correct. I respond to positivity with positivity. And I react with uncompromising contempt to liars and condescending trolls who make excuses for a congressman who betrays his promises to protect the sick. It is past time people stood up to the dishonest. Expect to taste more of this as the decent people of CA-25 wake up and fight back.

          • Anthony Breznican

            It’s pathetic to hear someone excuse Knight’s lies and destructive votes by saying: “it’s okay, the states will clean up his mess.”

          • Anthony Breznican

            PS – you should be aware that Steve Knight is a federal representative, not a member of the state government anymore. So your reference to California’s action are either misinformed or a limp distraction.

          • Ron Bischof

            We’ve already covered Constitutional enumerated powers.

            Others will understand the block grants that will provide flexibility as states adapt and innovate.

Gina Ender

Gina Ender

Gina Ender is a journalist covering city government and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in February 2017. You can contact Gina Ender at gender@signalscv.com, 661-287-5525 or follow her on Twitter at @ginaender.