Today, Congressman Leonard Boswell released a report that details the impact of the Patients' Rights Repeal Act on families, seniors, and workers who live in the 3rd District of Iowa.
"Going into the 112th Congress, my number-one priority is creating real jobs for real Iowans, but instead, the House will be voting to take a step backward this week and to repeal a number of consumer protections and insurance company reforms passed in the Affordable Care Act," said Boswell. "Under repeal, Iowa's families, seniors, and workers will lose rights that protect them from insurance company abuses and give them more freedom and control over their health care choices."
"Repeal may also have severe repercussions on our economy, which has seen an average of 20,000 private sector jobs added each month in the health care industry since the passage of health care reform," Boswell said. "Iowans cannot afford the cost of repeal."
The report on Iowa's 3rd District finds that the Patients' Rights Repeal Act would have significant consequences in the district by:
- Allowing insurance companies to deny coverage to 107,000 to 277,000 individuals, including up to 37,000 children, with pre-existing conditions. These individuals include those who are breast cancer survivors and prostate cancer survivors; those living with heart disease; and those with such conditions as asthma and high blood pressure.
- Taking away the ability of 1,600 young adults to stay on their parents' insurance plan until their 26th birthday.
- Taking away the 50 percent discount on brand-name Rx drugs from 10,700 seniors who hit the Medicare Part D "donut hole;' and denying free preventive care services under Medicare to 94,000 seniors.
- Eliminating health care tax credits available for up to 14,800 small businesses.
- Eliminating the ban on insurers dropping people from coverage when they get sick, which protects 44,000 individuals who purchase individual health insurance.
- Eliminating the requirement that health plans that are new or revised begin providing free preventive care, with the elimination resulting in increased out-of-pocket costs for 92,000 individuals.
- Getting rid of the ban on insurers placing lifetime limits on coverage, which is currently benefiting 440,000 individuals who have health insurance through their employer or in the private insurance market.
- Increasing the costs of coverage for up to 7,300 early retirees.
"Instead of bringing such bills as the Patients' Rights Repeal Act to the Floor, I hope soon that everyone will start working toward bipartisan solutions that will create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and bring down our long-term deficit," said Boswell.