May 13, 2013

This Week in Congress: Republicans Vote to Put Insurance Companies Back in Charge of Health Care

The Republican Congress will cast the 37th vote this week to put insurance companies back in charge of health care --- though it’s the first vote for some of the newly elected Republicans. House Republicans have Tea Party Caucus Chair Michele Bachmann as their sponsor.

Instead of finding smart reforms to our health care system, House Republicans want to refight ideological battles and take away consumer health care benefits, putting the insurance companies back in charge. They want to:

  • Raise prescription drug costs by re-opening the prescription drug donut hole
  • Deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions
  • End tax credits for small businesses
  • Kick children off their parents health care before they turn 26
  • Close prevention and wellness initiatives that lower costs and improve health
  • Eliminate the cap on health care costs and let people go back into bankruptcy because of health costs

House Republicans already voted 36 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act during the last Congress – costing the taxpayers $50 million.  Republicans ran the 2012 campaign on a pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but voters re-elected President Obama, expanded the Democratic margin in the Senate and gave House Democrats the majority of the popular vote and more seats.

“Republicans claim to speak for the people, but the people spoke in the last election and Republicans just want to refight old ideological battles instead of finding solutions that strengthen middle class families,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Republicans will vote to put insurance companies back in charge of health care, raising prescription drug costs, denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, and even driving people back into bankruptcy because of health care costs. Instead of solving our health care problem, Republicans would rather play games and try to score points. Middle class families will suffer when Republicans put insurance companies back in charge.”


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