The Hawaii House delegation released responses Wednesday after the U.S. House voted 244 to 185 on H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act.
The Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law on March 23, 2010, was recently upheld by the Supreme Court. The GOP has voted more than 30 times to limit or repeal the Affordable Care Act since taking control of the House.
"The Republicans have tried to dismantle some or all of the President's landmark health care legislation dozens of times," said Rep. Mazie Hirono. "Last week, Republican Linda Lingle announced that she would continue the House's ridiculous charade in the U.S. Senate, and vote to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. Her election could likely give the GOP control of that chamber, removing our strongest defense against repeal of the President's health care plan -- a Democratic Senate. Linda Lingle would rather follow her Republican leadership than do what's right for Hawaii's people. And that is unacceptable."
"I voted no, and I will continue to vote no on attempts to weaken or repeal the Affordable Care Act," said Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. "It is time to respect the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court and allow the Affordable Care Act to provide the benefits it was intended to provide."
Hanabusa continued, "I will continue to stand up for the millions of young adults across America -- 6,000 in Hawaii alone -- who receive health insurance through their families' plans. I will defend seniors who are getting relief from the Medicare donut hole and the women who no longer have to worry about discriminatory practices in health care, and I will fight to protect the tax credit for small businesses that helps them offset the cost of insurance."
"The Affordable Care Act already benefits people in Hawaii and across America," said Hanabusa. "17 million children with pre-existing conditions now have health insurance. 54 million Americans are now receiving free preventative care services. 105 million Americans no longer have to deal with lifetime caps. Hawaii residents with Medicare have saved more than $14.5 million on their prescription drugs. What would we tell them, how would we explain ourselves, if we allowed the law to be repealed?"