Health care repeal: What they’re saying

President Barack Obama – “Today, the American people have greater health security than they did a year ago. Because of the Affordable Care Act, Americans no longer have to live in fear that insurance companies will drop or cap their coverage if they get sick, or that they’ll face double-digit premium increases with no accountability or recourse. Small businesses across the country can take advantage of a new health care tax credit to offer coverage to their employees, and children suffering from an illness or pre-existing condition can no longer be denied coverage. Parents now can add their adult children up to age 26 to their health plans, and all Americans on new plans can access preventive care to keep them healthy with no additional out of pocket costs. Older Americans are seeing better benefits, lower prescription drug costs, and a stronger Medicare. And the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reports that improvements in health care delivery system as a result of this law will reduce federal deficits by over a trillion dollars in the next two decades. So I’m willing and eager to work with both Democrats and Republicans to improve the Affordable Care Act. But we can’t go backward. Americans deserve the freedom and security of knowing that insurance companies can’t deny, cap, or drop their coverage when they need it the most, while taking meaningful steps to curb runaway health care costs.”

 

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th) – “Considered in its entirety, Obamacare is a crippling blow to both health care in America and our economy.  Not only will Obamacare over time erode and undermine the quality of health care in America, it will to a progressively greater extent increase the deficit, drag down the economy, hurt businesses, and destroy jobs.  The near total lack of transparency and misuse of power last year by the then-majority in forcing through Obamacare’s passage, makes it the quintessential example of how a bad bill can become the law.  Obamacare, which would create nearly 160 boards, commissions and programs and would vest sweeping powers on bureaucrats to determine what benefits are covered and not and at what cost, is so fundamentally flawed that it needs to be repealed and replaced.”

  U.S Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th) – “In this debate, the truth should be told about the Republican bill that would repeal the Health Care Reform law.  In the spirit of true disclosure, the Republican bill should include a health warning that their measure would, if enacted, be dangerous to America’s health. For many millions of Americans, access to affordable health care is a newfound freedom that shouldn’t be taken from them.  For some, the ability to have health coverage can be a matter of life and death.  There are so many popular benefits that are already taking effect; including protection for the 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions; no annual or lifetime limits; no rescissions; allowing grown children to be covered by their parents’ insurance; closing the donut hole for seniors; giving tax breaks to small businesses; and reducing the deficit.”

 

U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th) – “Today’s vote was the first step toward undoing the damage the Democrats’ job-destroying health care bill has inflicted on our economy and our way of life.  I voted to repeal the health care bill because I remain convinced it is fundamentally flawed piece of legislation that is stifling economic growth and job creation in the United States.  Not just that, but I believe the individual mandate is unconstitutional and in direct opposition to the vision the founding fathers had for our country.

 

U.S Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) –“The health care law passed last year includes sleights of hand used to mask the true cost of the measure.  For example, six years of entitlements and subsidies are paid by ten years of taxes, andpremiums are collected for the first ten years for a long-term care programwith no benefits during that period. Douglas Holtz-Eakin said it best when he wrote in today’s Wall Street Journal that the health care law is, ‘all about budget gimmicks, deceptive accounting, and implausible assumptions used to create the false impression of fiscal discipline.  Failure to repeal the health care law will add an additional $700 billion to our national deficit in the next 10 years.  However, we can work together to enact common-sense health care solutions that lower health care costs without raising taxes or adding to our national debt.”

 

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) – “A partisan vote to repeal the historic health care reform law will do nothing to create jobs or help the economy, and it is the wrong way to start the new Congress.  Instead of moving backwards with this repeal effort, Congress must remain focused on creating new jobs and opportunities for middle-class Americans.  If Republicans had their way with this repeal, seniors would pay more for prescription drugs, Americans with pre-existing conditions would be at risk of losing their health coverage, and the national deficit would increase by as much as a trillion dollars.  The health reforms signed into law last year will increase access to affordable, quality care for all Americans.  We need to move past divisive political stunts and get to work creating jobs and helping those who need it the most.”

 

AARP  “As the House prepares to vote this week on repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I am writing to make clear AARP’s position. While we respect that there are those who do not support the ACA, AARP opposes repeal because the new law includes many vital provisions important to older Americans and their children.”

 

American Medical Association “The AMA does not support initiatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Expanding health coverage, insurance market reforms, administrative simplifications and initiatives to promote wellness and prevention are key parts of the new law that reflect AMA priorities.”

 

American Heart Association –“Patients have already benefited from the reforms that have been implemented in the last 10 months. We believe these reforms and the additional forthcoming patient protection provisions were long overdue and need to be given an opportunity to work and if necessary, improved upon. Repeal of ACA will have devastating consequences for patients and their families.”

Health care repeal: What they’re saying