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Karen Bass Votes No on GOP Patients' Rights Repeal Act

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Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Karen Bass stood with everyday working Americans and against insurance companies by voting in strong opposition to the GOP Patients' Right Repeal Act, a bill that denies healthcare rights already enjoyed by millions of Americans.

"For too long affordable healthcare was considered a luxury, not a right," said Congresswoman Karen Bass. "For years, hardworking California families were hurting, while insurance companies were profiting. Business as usual is a practice of the past. Healthcare reform is a job creator, producing made in America work that can never be outsourced. We have a jobs crisis in our country and healthcare reform is a job producer."

According to a Democratic report released by the Energy and Commerce Committee, repeal of health care reform law would have a devastating effect on California's 33rd Congressional District which includes Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Culver City and is represented by Karen Bass. The study found that health care repeal would:

* Allow insurance companies to deny coverage to 108,000 to 287,000 individuals, including 7,000 to 33,000 children with pre-existing conditions
* Increase the number of people without health insurance by 126,000 individuals
* Increase prescription drug costs for 6,100 seniors who hit the Part D drug "donut hole' and denying new preventive care benefits to 75,000 seniors

A Physician Assistant, Congresswoman Bass spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives prior to today's vote and delivered the following statement:

"The Health Care Reform Act is a jobs bill. In the "70s and "80s I worked in several hospitals in the Los Angeles area. During those years there was such a severe shortage of health care professionals that hospitals recruited nurses from Canada and the Philippines.

"Right now there is an estimated shortage of 400,000 nurses and 50,000 doctors nationally. There are waiting lists of several years to get a slot in nursing schools and other allied health professions.

"So if there is a shortage of medical personnel right now and healthcare reform expands coverage to 30 million people, then can someone explain to me how health care reform is not a jobs bill."

Earlier in the week, in the only hearing held in congress on GOP Patients' Rights Repeal Act, Congresswoman Bass joined Democratic leaders and American families who experienced healthcare challenges and have benefitted from the legislation's passage.

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