This week Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted against three bills which would dramatically reduce Americans' access to healthcare, raise costs, and deny millions of women the reproductive health services they need.
"These bills attempt to chip away at meaningful healthcare reform under the pretense of saving money. They prevent people from accessing health insurance, and eliminate important health services for women -- services that today are guaranteed by law. These bills place ideology ahead of the needs of the American people who want us to work together to address their top priority: creating jobs. Instead, these bills are extreme and divisive, and have nothing to do with job creation."
* H.R. 1213 would repeal state funding for Health Insurance Exchanges--the transparent marketplaces where people not covered through their employers can compare private plans side-by-side from a menu of options. State-based Exchanges will open the insurance market to millions of Americans who don't have insurance. Without federal funding to establish the Exchanges, many states will not be able to set them up. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, without Exchanges, the number of people without health insurance is expected to increase by roughly half a million by 2015. Health Insurance Exchanges were established in the health reform law.
* H.R. 1214 would repeal funding for school-based health center construction. School-based health centers are one of the many investments in the Affordable Care Act to increase access to primary care healthcare services for children and adolescents. These centers are a cost-effective way to address children's medical needs and have a proven record of success. Healthy kids perform better in school, have higher graduation rates, and lead more successful lives.
* H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, purport to prohibit any federal funds from being used for abortion. However, such a ban is already law, the Hyde Amendment, passed in 1976. H.R. 3 would turn our tax collection agency into a healthcare policing agency, by taxing small businesses and individuals who buy private insurance plans that cover abortions, while allowing tax breaks to those who buy policies that do not.