Saturday, February 05, 2011

Does This Make Sense? We Still Need To Repeal

Does this letter make sense, in my economic opinion we still need to repeal Obamacare, our Representatives arguments really fall far short. Her same stale liberal arguments make no economic sense to me any more.

Dear Mr. Swick:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate hearing your views on this important issue.

As you know, Republicans in Congress recently brought to the House floor legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, the landmark legislation that is strengthening our nation's health care system and is making great strides in ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. A repeal of this law would mean that once again children could be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions; people could be dropped from their insurance when they get sick; women could be charged more than men for the same coverage; young adults under 26 may not be able to stay on their parent's insurance; and small businesses and working families would no longer receive affordability credits to help them afford the cost of coverage.

Specifically if the Affordable Care Act was repealed, 1.2 million young adults would lose their insurance coverage through their parents' health plans. Over 165 million Americans with private insurance coverage would suddenly find themselves vulnerable again to having lifetime limits placed on how much insurance companies will spend on their health care, regardless of what treatments may be necessary and life saving. In addition, 44.1 million seniors, 547,000 in Connecticut alone, who have Medicare coverage would be forced to pay a co-pay to receive critical preventive services and more than 32,000 Connecticut seniors would have significantly higher prescription drug costs. Moreover, despite all of the Republican rhetoric about deficit reduction, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the repeal of the new health care law would increase the deficit by $230 billion.

You should know that I voted against this legislation when it passed the House by a vote of 245 to 189. This bill is nothing but a political ploy at a time when we should be focused on creating jobs and strengthening our country's economy, middle class, and small businesses.

Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me on this or any matter of concern to you in the future.

Rosa L. DeLauro
Member of Congress

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