Today, as he voted yet again against another Republican effort to repeal President Obama's health care reform package, Congressman José E. Serrano expressed his disappointment and disgust at the ongoing, politically-motivated campaign to overturn the historic law.
"Today's vote is a slap in the face of the American people," said Congressman Serrano. "They are suffering from the effects of a weak economic recovery, and need help with jobs. Rather than addressing economic problems, which polls show is the top priority of the American people, Republicans have yet again voted to repeal Obamacare. It seems that they are so motivated by their partisan rage at Obamacare that they cannot believe that the law is here to stay, and cannot admit that it's time to move on to more pressing issues.
"The American people are already seeing the positive benefits of the new law. As we move forward they will see more and more benefits. For instance, they will be guaranteed by law that they won't lose insurance coverage right when they need it most. Nor will they be prevented from getting insurance due to pre-existing conditions. Both these protections will relieve people of the fear that medical catastrophes will become financial nightmares. These benefits are real, and repealing the law would take them away."
According to House Democratic experts, 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.
"With statistics like these, you can understand why repealing the law is such a bad idea," added Serrano. "It's time for Republicans to stop their futile quest to undo Obamacare and begin to work with Democrats to create jobs. We know that is what the American people want us to do."