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Repeal of Obamacare Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. DeLAURO. What will happen if the House majority succeeds in repealing the Affordable Care Act? Seventeen million children with preexisting conditions will once again be denied coverage; 6.6 million under 26 will no longer be covered by their parents' insurance plan; insurers will be allowed to discriminate against women again, charge them more, deny them coverage because they've had a Cesarean section, and leave maternity and pediatric care out of their policies. The doughnut hole reopens, costing seniors billions of dollars; 360,000 small businesses lose tax credits. Americans will have to pay out-of-pocket for preventive services like cancer screenings and wellness exams, preventive services that could have saved the life of Celia, a 50-year-old East Haven woman who died from breast cancer because she simply could not afford a mammogram. And 30,000 Americans will lose their health insurance and be left to their fate while every single Republican in this House will maintain their health care coverage.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act is wrong. It was wrong the first time. It is wrong the 31st time. Welcome to Groundhog Day in the House of Representatives.

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Ms. DeLAURO. Madam Speaker, if the Majority succeeds in repealing the Affordable Care Act, as they have tried to do over thirty times now, it will be the women of America who are especially harmed.

Insurance companies will be allowed to charge women more for the same coverage once again. They will be able to withhold coverage from women who have had a child or a C-section, or even who have been victims of domestic violence.

Coverage for maternity and pediatric care will all disappear. Women will lose access to the free recommended preventive screenings that save lives. Subsidies to help working mothers buy insurance for their families will dry up.

We know for a fact this will happen. According to the National Women's Law Center, over 90 percent of the best-selling plans in states that have not already banned gender rating still charge women more than men for the same coverage. This costs women and their families approximately $1 billion a year.

And this is what the House Majority wants to bring us back to. We fought hard two years ago to put woman's health on an equal footing with that of her spouse, son, and brother at last. We should build on that, not throw it all away.

If the Majority wants us to think they care about women's health, it is time for them to walk the walk. That means stopping these partisan political games, and allowing the fully constitutional reforms in the Affordable Care Act to work for women.

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