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Aguilar Responds to Report Projecting 24 Million People Losing Health Coverage Under GOP Plan

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) issued a statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of House Republicans’ Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal plan. This afternoon, the CBO projected that 24 million Americans will lose health care coverage under House Republicans’ new bill. The legislation would also dramatically increase premiums by allowing insurance companies to charge older adults up to five times more for coverage, driving up premiums for older adults by as much as 25 percent.

“Today’s report confirms what we all feared – House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the ACA will strip health care from millions of hard-working Americans, drive up premiums for older adults, and give tax breaks to the uber-wealthy. This bill is being rushed through Congress because House Republicans know it’s a bad deal for middle-class families. This bill was written in secret, hidden from the public and forced through committees in the dead of night. Now we know why.” said Rep. Aguilar.

Rep. Aguilar worked with House Republicans in the 114th Congress to improve the ACA by repealing the tax on health insurance plans and on medical device manufacturers. Rep. Aguilar supports improving the ACA but remains committed to opposing any actions that threaten affordable coverage for San Bernardino County families, which includes a full repeal of the bill. Rep. Aguilar hosted a health care roundtable on Saturday afternoon, where he met with Inland Empire health care providers, patient advocacy organizations, union representatives and officials from the San Bernardino County Government to discuss the impact of the new health care bill on Inland Empire residents.

The CBO is a nonpartisan, independent federal agency that provides impartial budget analysis and cost estimates for legislation under consideration by Congress. You can read the CBO report on the American Health Care Act here.


Aguilar Announces $5 Million for San Bernardino County Head Start Programs

San Bernardino, CA – Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) announced that the Department of Education awarded San Bernardino County Head Start Programs $5 million to assist with measures to increase the duration of time students spend in the classroom and to also fund the expansions of facilities, classrooms and education personnel.

“Empowering our kids with the resources they need to succeed starts at the very beginning, so I’m glad to see these federal funds returned to our community. This grant will allow us to give students time and attention to receive the quality education they deserve,” said Rep. Aguilar.

San Bernardino County Director of Preschool Services Diana Alexander said, “Head Start is committed to ensuring that all of the children we serve have access to the highest quality in education standards. Part of this commitment now includes facilitating a change from part day/part year school services to full day/full year. We are excited about the awarding of this grant because it will support us in fulfilling Head Start’s commitment to our children right here in San Bernardino County.”

Since taking office in 2015, Rep. Aguilar has made investing in education, from pre-k through college, one of his top priorities. In his first term, Rep. Aguilar visited multiple Head Start programs and met with teachers, administrators and students. Supporting investments in early childhood education is a personal issue for Rep. Aguilar, who worked as a teacher’s aide in a Head Start program when he was a student at the University of Redlands.


Congressman Aguilar To Tour Inland Career Education Center

Congressman Pete Aguilar will tour the Inland Career Education Center on Tuesday, November 1, a school where thousands of area adults receive much-needed training in a variety of fields.

Aguilar will learn about the school’s efforts to educate immigrants seeking to learn English and American history as part of the process required to become U.S. citizens. In 2014, the Inland Career Education Center (ICEC), which is run by the San Bernardino City Unified School District, received a $250,000 federal grant to educate immigrants who are legal permanent residents.

The grant funding, which was secured in partnership with Catholic Charities, is funding additional citizenship-preparation class, said Jesús Galdamez, vice principal of the school.

Congressman Aguilar’s visit will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Inland Career Education Center is located at 1200 North E Street in San Bernardino.

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