Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) released the following statement today, after Republicans in the House of Representatives pushed through their politically motivated plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"Right now, Congress should be coming together to look at policies that create new jobs, help struggling middle class families, and reduce the deficit. But instead of facing the problems of today, my Republican colleagues want to turn back the clock."
"Today, I was pleased to join with my colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives to speak against the misguided attempt to repeal health care reform. I am strongly opposed to any and all efforts to repeal reform. The facts are clear: since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law the private sector has created over 1 million new jobs, the economy continues to grow and unemployment has dropped. And the non-partisan Congressional Budget now has confirmed that health care reform lowers the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next twenty years. Now is the time for additional job creation efforts. Unfortunately, the Republican repeal proposal amounts to a job elimination plan."
"Repealing health care reform would have a devastating impact on families here in the Inland Empire. Once again, insurance companies would be allowed to discriminate against individuals with pre-existing conditions, jeopardizing coverage for up to 305,000 residents of my District. Gender discrimination would again become the law of the land, allowing insurance companies to charge women higher premiums than men for the same coverage. 4,600 young adults in my District would be kicked off their parents' insurance plans, and left to join the ranks of the uninsured. And more than 5,200 seniors in my District would be thrown back into the "donut hole" of higher prescription drug costs. I refuse to accept any policy that tells parents in my District that 56,000 of their children will no longer be able to find insurance because of their pre-existing health conditions, but unfortunately, that's exactly what the Republican repeal effort does."
"We must continue to move forward and focus on job creation. We cannot afford a return to the failed policies of the past. I will continue to stand with American families and vote no to more insurance company control, no to increasing the deficit, and no to all efforts to repeal health care reform."