“I believe this bill, in its current form, will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans, particularly for low-to-moderate income and older individuals,” Dent said, according to the Allentown Morning Call.
Dent and other members of the ‘Tuesday Group’ met with President Trump late Tuesday to express their concerns with the AHCA. The ‘Tuesday Group’ is a group of moderate Republicans that is co-chaired by Dent.
Dent has expressed concerns about the bill since it was introduced, and the meeting did not help settle those concerns.
“I had reservations going in, and I still have reservations now,” Dent told the Morning Call.
Dent’s announcement came right after the meeting with Trump, showing last minute efforts to sway Dent were not successful.
This is not the first time Dent has opposed Trump. During the campaign, Dent made headlines when he said he would not be voting for either Trump or Clinton. More recently, Dent came out against Trump’s immigration orders, calling the first order “ridiculous.”
Dent joins Congressmen Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-Centre) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) in opposition to the bill, along with the entire Pennsylvania Democratic delegation. Congressmen Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny), Pat Meehan (R-Delaware), Ryan Costello (R-Chester), and Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) have all voted for the AHCA in committee, and Murphy published an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette earlier this week supporting the bill. Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) came out against the AHCA, but after meeting with Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan he agreed to support the bill with certain amendments to the bill.