Congresswoman Beatty (OH-03) released the following statement regarding her opposition to the Patients' Rights Repeal Act, H.R. 45
Today, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-3) voted against the Patients' Rights Repeal Act, H.R. 45, in the U.S. House of Representative, which represents the 37th attempt by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted in 2010.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Americans already are seeing lower costs, better coverage, greater patient protections and access that Republicans want to repeal under H.R. 45.
Last August, millions of women began receiving free coverage for comprehensive women's preventive services. Up to 17 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage by insurers; and 3.1 million otherwise uninsured young adults up to age 26 are able to stay on their parents' plan. Last year alone, 3.2 million seniors received a free Annual Wellness Visit under Medicare and 6.3 million seniors in the doughnut hole saved $6.1 billion on their prescription drug costs.
Since the adoption of the Affordable Care Act, 105 million Americans have already received preventive services, including 71 million Americans in private health plans. Additionally, at least 808,000 private sector health care industry jobs have been created since its enactment.
"The Affordable Care Act is landmark legislation that works and helps millions of Americans. Yet, we still are playing partisan politics in the House on time-wasting repeal bills. We should be focused on long-term solutions to our country's more pressing matters, including job creation and convening a budget conference."
"Voting to repeal the ACA would have a devastating effect on working families, young adults, seniors, small employers and individuals who are already enjoying its enormous benefits. I will work to ensure that this does not happen."