Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement after the House voted to repeal the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") for the 37th time. The bill, the Patients' Rights Repeal Act, passed by a vote of 229-195:
"Today, the House of Representatives voted for the 37th time to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act. Although full implementation has yet to take place, millions of Americans are already seeing lower health care costs, better coverage and more control over their health care because of this law. Yet again, I voted against House Republican Leadership efforts to undo these critical improvements to health care in America.
"This repeal vote was an absurd waste of time. Like the 36 previous attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Senate will decline to take up the measure. At a time when the American people are awaiting action on bills that create jobs and expand the economy, this pointless vote is not only a waste of time, but also a waste of hard-earned taxpayer money. So far, this anti-health care crusade has cost American taxpayers a total of 52.4 million.
"Because of the Affordable Care Act, seniors in California have access to more affordable prescription drug coverage, children in California can stay on their family health plan until the age of 26, and women no longer have to worry about being dropped by their insurance companies once they become sick or pregnant. Families in California and across the country also no longer face lifetime limits on health care, and beginning in 2014 will no longer face discrimination because of a pre-existing condition.
"Despite the GOP's best efforts to put insurance corporations back in charge of health care, I will continue to fight against their crusade and work to ensure complete and successful implementation of this landmark law. I urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to end their grandstanding, get their priorities straight, and move on to more important issues facing our country."