Congresswoman Laura Richardson released the following statement today on the one year anniversary of the GOP vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"One year ago today, January 19, 2011, House Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and by doing so, they voted to risk Americans' health care.
The vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act was largely symbolic, because they knew it had no chance of being signed into law by President Obama. Republicans were wasting time then and they are wasting time now. From the start of the112th Congress, Republicans have made eliminating access to affordable health care one of their top priorities -- while ignoring Americans' top priority: jobs.
I supported the Affordable Care Act in 2010 because of the many benefits I knew it would bring my district. Since its enactment nearly two years ago, the Affordable Care Act has already provided a large number of health benefits for Americans by expanding coverage and controlling health care costs In the 37th Congressional District alone, the Affordable Care Act has extended coverage to 88,000 residents, guaranteed that 17,500 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage, and improved Medicare for 63,000 beneficiaries.
By voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the goal of House Republicans was to take away health care from people who just got coverage. This is unacceptable.
One year later, we are facing the same problems. Republicans want to waste time with bills that have no chance of being signed into law.
As we begin the second session of the 112th Congress, I remain committed to providing affordable health care to Americans and I will to continue to fight to keep the Affordable Care Act intact."