Days after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, House Republican Leadership pushed through yet another bill to repeal patient protections critical to our families and small businesses. Today, Congressman John Tierney, who voted against the repeal measure, joined his Democratic colleagues in calling on the GOP to redirect their attention to efforts to create jobs and revive our economy.
"It's time for Republicans to put the political games and distractions aside and get to work on creating jobs and strengthening our communities. Today's vote was the 31st in a consistent string of Republican bills meant to chip away at patient protections critical to American families," Congressman Tierney said.
The Republican bill, which passed the House today, but the President has already vowed to veto, would roll back patient protections that millions of Americans already rely on.
However, left intact, the Affordable Care Act will continue to:
* Provide new coverage options for young adults -- Tens of thousands of young adults in Massachusetts gained insurance coverage as a result of the health care law
* Make prescription drugs affordable for seniors - Since the law was enacted, Massachusetts residents with Medicare have saved a total of $64,266,312
* Cover preventive services with no deductible or co-pay - 1,324,000 in Massachusetts with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing
* Provide better value for your premium dollar through the 80/20 Rule - These rebates will average $140 for the 85,000 families in Massachusetts covered by a policy
* Scrutinize unreasonable premium increases - Massachusetts has received $4 million under the new law to help fight unreasonable premium increases.
* Increase support for community health centers - Health centers in Massachusetts have received $107.0 million to create new health center sites, increase the number of patients served, expand preventive and primary health care services, and/or support major construction and renovation projects.