Congressman Leonard Boswell (IA-3) released a statement following today's vote on H.R. 6079, the Patients' Rights Repeal Act:
"Republicans, after thirty-two previous attempts, are trying AGAIN to deny affordable health care for thousands of Iowans and millions of Americans, including our children and seniors. A repeal would cause the Medicare Trust Fund to become insolvent in a mere four years, raise prescription drug costs, take away health insurance for over six million young adults who were guaranteed coverage under a parent's plan, and put 17 million children with pre-existing conditions in limbo of losing their coverage.
"They claim they want to "repeal and replace,' but they've yet to say what they would replace it with. Republicans had nearly two decades to do something and worse than failing, they never even made an attempt. Thankfully this legislation is going nowhere. It accomplishes nothing but show Americans where the House GOP's misguided priorities are these days and creates the very uncertainty that Republicans pretend to decry. Rehashing old debate over the health care bill that was passed by Congress, signed into law and upheld by the highest court in the land is not helping millions of Americans who are jobless nor is it helping us rebuild our nation's economy."