U.S. Rep. Ron Kind today issued the following statement in response to the Republican effort to defund state health insurance exchanges under H.R. 1213.
"First Republicans put forth a bill to end Medicare as we know it for our seniors. Now they are voting to deny access to health care for small businesses, family farmers and the uninsured. Instead of working to create jobs and support economic growth, they are increasing health care costs and burdening our hardworking families.
"These health exchanges are critical to providing affordable, dependable coverage to millions of people. Based on legislation I authored, called the SHOP Act, these state-based exchanges serve as a competitive marketplace for people and businesses to shop for what best fits their needs. Denying access to these exchanges means less choice and higher costs.
"In a time when our small businesses and family farmers need our support, it is crucial that instead of denying access to health care coverage, we provide the resources they need to grow and create jobs in this tough economy."