Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano voted against a Republican effort to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The repeal passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 245-189.
"Nobody should have to lose their life savings because a loved one becomes seriously sick or injured," Napolitano said. "The provisions of health care reform have already proven to be critical for working families across my district. Coverage for pre-existing conditions, tax credits for small businesses, better prescription drug coverage for seniors, and allowing parents to keep their children on their insurance until age 26 are all benefits we cannot afford to lose. Instead of undermining much-needed health care, our focus should be on creating jobs and economic growth."
Napolitano also expressed concern about what effect repealing health care reform would have on the nation's mental health care system.
"This repeal would reduce access to mental health care at a time when our mental health system is already in shambles," Napolitano said. "One out of four Americans suffers from a mental illness at some point in their life, and many are forced to go untreated, sometimes with tragic results. Repealing health care reform would mean more backsliding for mental health and the mentally ill."
What repeal would mean for California's 38th District (statistics compiled by the Committee on Energy and Commerce):
* Rescinding consumer protections for 321,000 individuals who have health insurance through their employer or the market for private insurance.
* Eliminating health care tax credits for up to 15,100 small businesses and 122,000 families.
* Increasing prescription drug costs for 7,500 seniors who hit the Part D drug "donut hole" and denying new preventive care benefits to 73,000 seniors.
* Increasing the costs of early retiree coverage for up to 6,400 early retirees.
* Eliminating new health care coverage options for 3,500 uninsured young adults.
* Increasing the number of people without health insurance by 110,000 individuals.
* Increasing the costs to hospitals of providing uncompensated care by $15 million annually.
To see the exact boundaries of the 38th District, please visit http://www.napolitano.house.gov/district/infoandmaps.shtml