The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill this week - possibly as early as tomorrow morning - that would repeal the groundbreaking health care reform law passed just last year, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Referring to the health care reform law as the "job-killing health care law act," H.R. 2, Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, would repeal the provisions enacted last year that provide health care for all Americans, bar the denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions, prohibit lifetime limits on coverage, and allow parents to keep children up to age 26 on their insurance.
The health care reform law passed last year replaced a health care system that was not working for the vast majority of the American people. Because of the health care reform law, millions of Americans who lacked access to affordable health insurance or who had trouble finding affordable policies now are eligible to receive and purchase coverage. Now is not the time to remove the benefits and protections upon which hardworking Americans now depend during these difficult economic times. During this crucial phase of implementation of the law, the American people will not be served well by the uncertainty that repeal would bring to our health care system.
Tell your Member of Congress to vote against any effort to repeal the health care reform law and take away new benefits that protect all American families. Urge your Member to vote NO on H.R. 2 TODAY!
About HR 2, Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act
H.R. 2, Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, repeals the health care overhaul laws enacted last year, which require nearly all Americans to obtain insurance coverage by 2014 or pay a tax, require states to create insurance "exchanges," expand Medicaid eligibility, phase out the Medicare prescription drug "doughnut hole" and place new restrictions on insurers. The costs of providing coverage and expanding benefits were offset primarily through tax increases, industry fees and changes to the Medicare program. The legislation repeals future authorizations of funds to subsidize access to health insurance coverage for low-income Americans ineligible for Medicaid and Medicare. The Congressional Budget Office released a preliminary estimate reporting that repealing the laws would increase the deficit by $230 billion from FY 2012 through FY 2021.