Campaign 2010

Feb 03, 2014

NEW USA TODAY REPORT: Congressman Valadao Voted to Raise Health Care Costs

A similar version of the following release was sent to about 60 Republican-held districts. 

Congressman David Valadao has voted repeatedly to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act – and a new USA Today headline simply details the grave consequences: “Repealing Health Care Law Would Mean Higher Costs.”  According to the article, if Congressman Valadao succeeds in repealing ACA, health experts say: “all consumers would take a huge financial hit.”

Congressman Valadao supports repealing ACA and going back to the days when insurance companies could do whatever they wanted like raise rates, deny care for people with preexisting conditions and drop coverage for Americans who get sick.

“Congressman Valadao  has to explain to California families why he voted again and again to let insurance companies force middle class families and seniors to pay more for their health care,” said Josh Schwerin of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Congressman Valadao’s priority hasn’t been the middle class families and seniors of this district, it’s been going back to the old system where insurance companies could do whatever they want to profit more and charge us more.”

According to a study by the Center for American Progress, repealing the Affordable Care Act would “add nearly $2,000 annually to family insurance premiums.”

BACKGROUND:

USA Today: “Repealing Health Care Law Would Mean Higher Costs.” “Republicans may not agree with President Obama's State of the Union call to drop the idea of repealing the Affordable Care Act, but health experts say the law has taken such hold that it may be impossible to get rid of it. The consequences of repeal, health care officials and industry analysts say, go beyond the fact that 9 million people would suddenly lose their insurance or that anyone with a pre-existing condition would either lose insurance or pay much higher premiums. All consumers would take a huge financial hit, because health care costs would continue to rise, and insurers would probably recoup their losses by charging higher premiums.” [USA Today, 2/01/14]

Center for American Progress: Repeal of ACA Would Add $2,000 Annually to Family Insurance Premiums. The Center for American Progress reported that repealing the Affordable Care Act would “Increase medical spending by $125 billion by the end of this decade and add nearly $2,000 annually to family insurance premiums.” [Center for American Progress, 1/07/11]