U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) today released the following statement on his vote against a bill to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2010, Congressman Barrow voted against passage of the ACA, but has since called for legislation to repeal the most burdensome provisions within the bill, while preserving provisions such as a ban on insurance companies denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions and a provision allowing children to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until the age of twenty-six.
"The Affordable Care Act is a mess, but there are steps we can take to improve the law for folks in the 12th District without harming businesses and limiting coverage," said Congressman Barrow. "Today's vote is the same, unproductive 'all or nothing' approach that's not going anywhere, just to score cheap political points. I'll continue to fight for bipartisan proposals that repeal the burdensome provisions without threatening positive aspects of the law."
By introducing bipartisan legislation, Congressman Barrow has led the effort in the House to repeal the employer mandate, the individual mandate, and the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).