Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15) today voted to preserve patient protections and uphold the health and economic security of America's middle class, while calling on Republican leaders to get to work to create jobs, end outsourcing, and grow our economy.
"Rather than work to pass legislation to put Americans back to work, or stop the outsourcing and off shoring of American jobs, Republicans would rather spend every single day doing nothing but scoring political points by voting to take away health insurance for millions of Americans," said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. "That is the obvious agenda of the Republican Party. They offer no solutions to the millions of people who lack health insurance, including the thousands of children with pre-existing conditions who would be left at the mercy of the insurance companies and be denied lifesaving care if they had their way."
Today, for the 31st time in this Congress, House Republicans voted to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act, taking away critical protections for millions of Americans -- protections already enjoyed by Members of Congress. Rather than focus on jobs, Republicans chose to protect their friends in the insurance industry by passing another message bill to nowhere that will never become law.
Across the country, the Affordable Care Act is improving and enhancing the health of America's families and workers. Medical decisions are now in the hands of patients and doctors, not insurance company bureaucrats. The worst abuses of insurance companies have come to an end, and more Americans have access to quality, affordable health coverage.
Over the past two years, Americans have already seen the positive impact of new patient protections as:
* Up to 17 million children are no longer denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
* 6.6 million young people have obtained insurance through their parents' plans.
* 5.3 million seniors have already saved $3.7 billion on prescription drugs.
* 105 million Americans no longer face lifetime limits on their insurance coverage.
"A vote to repeal patient protections is a vote to raise costs on seniors, undermine the health of children and students, and put insurance companies back in charge of Americans' health care," U.S. Rep. Hinojosa added. "In the state of Texas, we have the highest uninsured rate in the nation, a disgraceful 25 percent. Republicans must stop re-fighting the battles of the past just to score political points. Let's start fighting to create jobs and bolster our middle class."
The middle class is asking Republicans, "where are the jobs?" Today, Americans are waiting for an answer. After trying, and failing, 31 times to undo the Affordable Care Act, Republicans must work with Democrats to create jobs and grow the economy.