WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement in response to the debate in the Louisiana Legislature regarding protections for patients with pre-existing conditions:

“As we have been working to fix serious problems with our healthcare system in Washington, I have also been following the healthcare debate in the Louisiana Legislature. We should all want a quality healthcare system that lowers costs, gives patients more choices, and protects people with pre-existing conditions from higher costs, while also improving the quality of care for everyone. 

“I commend Attorney General Jeff Landry, House Speaker Taylor Barras, State Senator Fred Mills, Chairman Kirk Talbot, and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon for working together with Members of the Louisiana Legislature who are interested in protecting people with pre-existing conditions.  

“There is no question that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not delivered what it promised: it is not affordable for families who have faced skyrocketing premiums and up to $10,000 deductibles; it has not lowered costs as promised; for millions of families across America, they were not allowed to keep their doctor; and many more had their existing private insurance plans cancelled.

“On top of all of that, the ACA has added unnecessary red tape where unelected Washington bureaucrats have increasing power to make healthcare decisions for families and individuals.

“I am confident, should the Louisiana Legislature move forward on a state-based solution, that the Federal government would continue to work with Louisiana officials, recognizing that state-based innovation is the best way to lower costs for patients, protect people with pre-existing conditions, and improve the quality of care for all Louisiana families.”