The Speaker of the House of Representatives opposes the health bill

© Reuters. The Speaker of the House of Representatives opposes the health bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said Friday that he could not support the health care bill, a major blow to Republican efforts to pass the legislation.

“Unfortunately, the legislation before the House today is unacceptable as it would impose new costs and barriers to serving my constituents in New Jersey,” said Rodney Frelinghuysen. “In addition to the loss of Medicaid coverage for so many people in my In a Medicaid-dependent state, the denial of essential health benefits in the individual market raises serious coverage and cost issues.”

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