Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (HI-2) today issued the following statement on the House's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act:
"Today, Republicans in Congress mounted yet another attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act. They've told us time and time again that it's OK to deny insurance to children with pre-existing conditions. That it's OK to make women pay more for insurance. And, that it's OK to make seniors pay the prescription donut hole from their own pocket. With these votes they've said no again and again to making health care affordable.
"But here's what else these votes say: Republicans would rather take one shibai vote after another instead of really passing bills that create jobs.
"That's not what families in Hawaii want. Instead, they want Congress to come together and get serious about putting our country back to work."
Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, people in Hawaii have benefited from a variety of health care improvements, including:
·Over 21,000 people on Medicare in Hawaii have already saved over $14.5 million on prescription drugs.
·Over 117,000 people with Medicare in Hawaii received free preventive services including mammograms, colonoscopies, or a free annual wellness visit with their doctor.
·6,000 young adults under 26 in Hawaii have obtained insurance by staying on their parents' plans through age 26.