Today, In another mere show vote, Lou Barletta voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court decided that the Act was constitutional. Just like thirty previous votes on the subject weren't enough, Lou Barletta and the Republicans in Congress wanted to show one more time that they don't believe the people of the 11th District should have reliable and affordable health care.
It is time for the Republicans to come together and work in a bi-partisan way with the Democratic legislators. Instead of voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they should be focusing on making the parts of it that everyone agrees on work for the American people. I have not met one Republican family that was not for saving the preexisting condition aspect of the Act or adding older children to their policies. Citizens throughout the 11th Congressional District want to keep the pre-existing condition part of the Act. Citizens want to keep their children on their insurance until age 26. And citizens want wellness programs and screenings that catch breast cancer, colon cancer and other diseases in very early stages while treatment costs less and saves very expensive later procedures.
The Act is not perfect and needs a bipartisan leadership effort in Congress to come together to work out the problems. We must look to improvements in the future not listen to the regressive rhetoric that today's vote exemplifies.
Instead of having votes for show that divide our country, Congress needs to get to work and come together to pass laws that create jobs and make college more accessible, so our economy can grow and we can make sure the working and middle class can have better lives.