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It is important to realize what a full repeal of this bill would
mean. The Medicare prescription “doughnut hole,” would remain open,
once again placing the burden of full payment on our seniors. People
with pre-existing medical conditions, including cancer patients, could
once again be denied the possibility obtaining affordable care.
According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the federal
deficit would increase by $210 billion. 3.8 million Pennsylvanians have
already used a free preventative service provided by the Affordable
Care Act- this would cease. These popular benefits and many other
reforms the ACA brings must not be repealed.
Beyond being bad policy, this push to repeal the Affordable Care Act
is a meaningless political game. During their time in the minority,
these Republicans remarked that health care was the wrong priority, and
that Congress should be focusing on other job creation measures. Yet
during their time in the majority, Republicans have voted thirty-two times
to repeal measures contained in this health care law, and they have
already voted once for a full repeal. We know that the Senate will not
vote to overturn this law. Now is not the time to engage in these types
of useless political games- now is the time for bold action.
Last week, we saw the best of Congress. Working across the aisle,
Democrats and Republicans passed a Transportation Bill that promises to
create or retain 2.9 million jobs in the construction industry, a sector
that has been battered in this recession. The American people are
looking to Congress for more of this job-creating legislation. Let’s
hope that they will deliver.
Matt Cartwright, Democratic Candidate for Congress, PA-17
13 hours ago