Today, a Republican controlled House of Representatives passed H.R. 2 the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act with a vote of 245 to 189. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke voted against this legislation which would add $230 billion to the deficit and undo all of the positive gains that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has accomplished for those seeking health insurance.
"Rather than focusing on job creation, it is unfortunate that the first order of business from the Republican lead Congress is to repeal the healthcare reform law, which protects Americans from insurance company abuses and gives Americans more freedom and control over their health care choices," said Rep. Clarke.
If the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were to be repealed:
* Insurance companies will once again be able to drop coverage for people when they get sick -- exactly when coverage is needed most;
* Children with pre-existing conditions will be denied coverage;
* Insurance companies would again be able to impose devastating annual and lifetime caps;
* Young people will not be able to stay on their parents' plans until age 26;
* Pregnant women and cancer survivors could once again be denied coverage simply because they are pregnant or because they are a cancer survivor. These two conditions would be considered "pre-existing conditions" and therefore, grounds for denial of coverage;
* Seniors will face an increase in their prescription drug costs because they would be thrown back into the Medicare Part D Donut Hole, which the healthcare reform law would have closed by 2020.
"By opposing repeal, I stand with the tens of millions of Americans who also oppose the repeal. These Americans are already receiving the law's numerous protections, which include prohibiting the denial of coverage to children with pre-existing conditions and making certain preventive services free for seniors on Medicare," stated Congresswoman Clarke.