Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Actby Representative Gene Green
Posted on 2015-02-03
GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my
staunch opposition to H.R. 596, legislation to repeal the Affordable
Yesterday was Groundhog Day, yet it is today's vote that really feels familiar. The House has now attempted to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act for 56 times. It is disappointing that the Republican leadership continues its partisan campaign to undermine the ACA and create barriers for millions of uninsured Americans having access to health insurance.
Based on the latest estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, 19 million Americans--and 20,000 in our Houston area district--would lose their health insurance this year if the ACA is repealed. These are people who would be without coverage today if it were not for the ACA.
H.R. 596 would take away critical benefits and health care coverage for hardworking families. Not only that, this bill would increase the deficit, repeal reforms that help slow the growth in health care costs, and undo basic protections that provide security for the middle class.
It is long past time to stop playing political games on health reform. We need to work to enact reforms that improve and build on the ACA for the good of the American people.