Today, House Republicans wasted time and money repealing the Affordable Care Act for the 37th time, which would mean that insurance companies can again deny children coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and they can again charge women more because of their gender. 134 days into this session of Congress, the Republican-led House hasn't voted on a single jobs bill or a plan to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction.
"This vote was a waste of New Hampshire taxpayers' time and money," Shea-Porter said. "Instead of voting 37 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans should listen to the American people who want Congress to help create jobs and end sequestration. Republican House Speaker John Boehner should stop political posturing and put a jobs bill on the floor."
WASTE OF TAXPAYER TIME: Today marks the 43rd day since Republicans took over the House that they have devoted time to repealing Obamacare. To put that in perspective, they have held votes on only 281 days since taking power in January 2011. That means that since 2011, Republicans have spent no less than 15 percent of their time on the House floor on repeal in some way. [New York Times, 5.14.13]
WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY: House Republicans are not only wasting taxpayers' time by voting 37 times to take away patient protections, but in doing so, they're also sticking Americans with an ever-increasing bill. According to CBS news, voting to repeal Obamacare has cost taxpayers over $50 million. [CBS News, 7.11.12]
NOT FOCUSED ON JOBS: New Hampshire residents are focused on jobs and the economy, and Congress should too. But so far, Republicans in the House don't share those priorities. Last week, the House voted on H.R. 807, a bill that would ensure Chinese bondholders are paid before American soldiers in the case of a government default. Prior to that, the GOP passed H.R. 803, a bill that freezes investment in job training for seven years. This week, the Pentagon announced that 680,000 American workers will have to face 11 unpaid furlough days as a result of the sequester. Instead of acting to replace the mindless cuts from sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction that creates jobs, Republicans chose to debate Obamacare for the 37th time.
INCREASES THE DEFICIT: According to the latest available estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, repealing the Affordable Care Act would add $109 billion to the federal deficit over the next 10 years. This time around, the Congressional Budget declined to score the Republican repeal bill because they thought it was a waste of time. [Congressional Budget Office, 7.24.12, Health Affairs Blog, 1.7.13]
HURTS MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES: The Affordable Care Act is expanding access to health care and increasing affordability for New Hampshire families. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is stronger and 12,400 Granite State seniors are paying less for prescription drugs, women now benefit from preventive services at no out-of-pocket cost, young adults are gaining coverage through their parents' plans, and kids can no longer be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition. The Affordable Care Act is holding insurance companies accountable and helping more families get the peace of mind that comes with affordable health insurance. Republicans, as they've now indicated 37 times, want to take those benefits away. [Healthcare.gov, 3.18.13]
GET TO WORK, CONGRESS: New Hampshire residents are rightfully sick of political posturing and a do nothing Congress. It's time for Speaker Boehner to put bills on the floor to end sequestration, help create jobs, and responsibly reduce the deficit. Those are New Hampshire's priorities and Republicans in Congress should take note.