In opposition to the House's latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act entirely, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) released the following statement:
"The Affordable Care Act, though far from perfect, represents a step in the right direction toward providing millions of Americans with access to healthcare coverage. We need to work to address the imperfections and move forward toward a sustainable health care system. Repealing the entire law takes us backwards, once again allowing insurance companies to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, preventing kids from staying on their parents' plans, ending tax credits to small businesses and forcing seniors to pay higher out-of-pocket costs for their prescription drugs.
"Time and again, rather than working together to improve this law, we have seen fruitless attempts to repeal it in its entirety. Instead, Congress should be focusing on bipartisan efforts to improve the law, such as legislation to repeal the harmful medical device tax, and working together to ensure that our healthcare system is more efficient, affordable and accessible."
Schneider has consistently said the law is not perfect, but should be improved upon rather than discarded altogether. A member of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, Schneider helped introduce the Protect Medical Innovation Act, legislation that would repeal the arbitrary 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices.