In a statement submitted during debate of H.R. 2, Congressman Howard L. Berman (CA-28) today expressed his firm opposition to repealing our nation's health insurance reform law. In the statement, Mr. Berman cited a letter he received from Diane, a constituent from Valley Village, whose family is already being helped by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"Diane's story, and the thousands like it that have been sent to me, is proof the health care law is making a positive difference in the lives of residents across the San Fernando Valley," said Congressman Howard Berman. "Repealing this critical law would not only give power back to the insurance companies to deny care, it would also place people like Diane back into a constant state of uncertainty where families are one illness or one accident away from financial ruin. This is simply not acceptable."
Diane from Valley Village wrote to Congressman Berman telling him about her daughter's inability to secure health insurance, and the resulting uncertainty and anxiety it created for Diane as a mother. She thanked the Congressman for supporting the Affordable Care Act because it finally allowed her daughter to receive coverage through her father's health insurance plan.
The devastating effects of repeal would hurt more than just Diane and her daughter. In fact, tens of thousands of residents in the 28th District would suffer severe consequences from having their new patient protections stripped away, including:
The 108,000 to 293,000 individuals who could be denied care by their insurance company due to a pre-existing condition, including up to 41,000 children.
The 5,600 seniors who would see the cost of their prescription medicines increase.
The 64,000 seniors who would lose new preventive care benefits.
The 148,000 families who would no longer receive tax credits to help cover insurance costs.
The 15,100 local small businesses that would no longer receive tax credits to help cover the cost of providing health care to employees.