Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) released the statement below as House Republicans moved to bring the 38th and 39th measures to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act to the House floor for a vote. The House considered H.R. 2667 and H.R. 2668, legislation to delay for one year both the Employer and Individual mandates of the Affordable Care Act.
"The American people deserve more than cheap, empty political stunt after cheap, empty political stunt. Yet, here we are again, considering two pieces of legislation that are nothing more than just that. The Affordable Care Act is already working to lower health insurance costs and increase and improve health care quality for all. Sadly, it appears that House Republicans do not want that for the American people.
"A one year repeal of the employer mandate is unnecessary and duplicative in light of the administration's recent decision to do just that. The individual mandate, on the other hand, is the cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act, and the Supreme Court has affirmed its constitutionality. This is nothing more than a back door attempt to undermine this entire law once again. Under the Affordable Care Act, 206,000 people in my district have access to preventative services without a co-pay, and some 8,500 young people have insurance by now being able to stay on their parents plans. Repealing the individual mandate will do nothing more than put our people at risk and will raise the cost of care for all, not lower it. Today's vote is beneath the dignity of this very institution and is in no way worthy of the American people."