U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) released the following statement following the House vote on H.R. 6079, legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"I opposed this blatantly political 31st attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would mean that insurance companies would once again be allowed to engage in discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, capping the benefits they will pay over a policy-holder's lifetime, and kicking kids off their parents' insurance policies.
"Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would mean that the Medicare Part D prescription drug "donut hole" would continue to impose billions of dollars in higher medical bills on older Americans -- and that Medicare beneficiaries would again have to pay out of pocket for preventive services.
"Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would mean that health insurance would remain out of reach for tens of millions of Americans who currently can't afford it -- or who can't get it at any price.
"And repeal of the Affordable Care Act would mean that most Americans will pay more for their health care in the coming years than they would under this landmark health care reform bill.
"House Republicans are holding their 31st vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act with the full knowledge that repeal won't become law -- and without offering up a plan to replace it. We've wasted this week on a political stunt when we could -- and should -- have been spending it working on legislation to create jobs.
"I hope that now, after 31 votes, House Republicans have gotten this out of their system and we can finally put it behind us, give the new law a chance to work, and move on to the challenge of creating more new jobs."
The House passed H.R. 6079 on a nearly party-line vote of 244 to 185.
Congressman Doyle, a supporter of the Affordable Care Act, voted against its repeal.