Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today on House Republicans' 38th attempt to undermine or repeal the Affordable Care Act. The attack on families nationwide is opposed by the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Health Care for America Now, the Easter Seals and Families USA, among other organizations.
"This is the thirty-eighth time that this Majority has voted to gut or repeal the Affordable Care Act. American families want to see leadership from this institution. They want us to work on creating jobs and spurring economic growth. But we have yet to see any jobs bills from the Majority this session.
"Instead, we are again watching this Majority try to prevent the much-needed and long-overdue health reforms signed into law in 2010. If these bills were to become law, the 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions who will be covered under the ACA will find it that much harder to obtain quality, affordable coverage. And, without an individual mandate in effect, families would see their premiums rise because a smaller, sicker risk pool will drive up insurance costs.
"The Majority knows this. That is why these bills are really just an underhanded attempt to undermine these comprehensive health reforms. Congress should reject these political games and start focusing on the business of the American people: creating jobs and getting our economy on solid footing."