Fitzpatrick is the only Pennsylvanian listed among the 17
In a statement posted on Facebook Saturday evening, Fitzpatrick wrote, "After considering the current health care bill in a thorough and deliberate manner, I have concluded that, although the American Health Care Act focuses on several much-needed reforms to our health care system, in its current form I cannot support this legislation."
Fitzpatrick's decision adds to the mounting pressure on
In his statement about the bill, Fitzpatrick expressed concern primarily with how it would affect efforts to combat opioid abuse.
"I have many concerns with this bill, and first among them is the impact on the single most important issue plaguing
Fueled by easy access to heroin and prescription opiates, drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental deaths in
Fitzpatrick said he is continuing to urge House leadership to address concerns about the bill. He described the current approach to health care set up through the Obamacare bill as an "unsustainable" system that has led to rising premiums and a lack of competition, but added that officials should "take our time" in order to get the changes right.
As of Sunday, the tally by
In addition to Fitzpatrick and Perry, other conservative and moderate
Dent and other members of the centrist
Dent said he expects the bill will be changed before it receives a vote in the House.
But after the
One of President
Those include increasing the tax credits for older Americans, imposing a work requirement on some
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