Repealing Health Reform Would Leave 10 Million New Yorkers Vulnerable
Congressman Charles B. Rangel joined his Democratic colleagues and a host of independent experts in repudiating Republican's plan to repeal critical patient rights, put insurance companies back in charge and add $230 billion to the deficit. The GOP repeal bill was introduced on Wednesday. The House is expected to consider the bill on Wednesday, January 12.
"The number one priority for Democrats in the 112th Congress is creating jobs," said Rangel. "But instead of focusing on job creation, Republicans are proposing to eliminate millions of American jobs that are expected to be created by reducing employer costs for health coverage and supporting more young people to join the healthcare workforce. Repealing the health reform will not only jeopardize people's health, but it also cripples the growth of jobs that we have seen," Rangel emphasized.
Among the 1.1 million new private sector jobs created since the enactment of the health reform in March 2010, an additional 207,000 jobs have been created in the health care sector. While a recent study shows that the reform will create up to 4 million jobs over the next 10 years.
"Going straight towards a repeal without talking about what you are going to replace it with is absolutely ridiculous," Rangel said on Neil Cavuto's FOX Business show Thursday. "If you can improve it, if you can eliminate some of the things that are troublesome or not productive, that can make it a better law, then let's get together as Democrats and Republicans and do it. You don't have to tear down the entire system."
"At a time when Americans should be free from worrying about their health care, repealing the Affordable Care Act would be devastating," said Rangel. "In New York alone, more than 10 million residents with private health insurance would lose critical consumer protections."
The Health and Human Services found that the GOP plan places 750,000 New Yorkers, including almost 80,000 young adults, at risk of losing their insurance. Nearly 2.9 million seniors in New York with Medicare coverage would be forced to pay a co-pay to receive important preventive services, thus putting insurance companies back in control of the health care system.