Local and Ohio lawmakers react to House passing Obamacare repeal

GOP bill to repeal and replace Obama care passes

Reaction was swift after House Republicans passed a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. As the bill prepares to move to the Senate, where Republicans are already split over the measure and Democrats are unified in opposition, here's a sample of what Northeast Ohio and state lawmakers are saying: 

From Republican congressman Dave Joyce, one of 20 House GOP members to vote no on the bill: 

From Ohio's U.S. Senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman: 

Brown added in a statement: “This bill threatens the healthcare coverage of nearly 1 million Ohioans, including 200,000 currently battling addiction, and allows companies to jack up prices on people with preexisting conditions like asthma and diabetes. This bill is heartless, it is bad for Ohio, and it will leave real Ohioans struggling to afford care. Instead of taking care away, we should be working to reduce the price of prescription drugs and improve care for everyone.”

Elsewhere: 

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