Hoyer Statement on Health Care "Replace" Resolution

For Immediate Release:

January 20, 2011

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) issued the following statement today after the Republicans passed a resolution instructing certain committees to report legislation replacing the Affordable Care Act:

“Yesterday, House Republicans voted to undo Americans’ hard-won freedom to control their own health care. Today, they passed a largely empty resolution, which demonstrates Republicans’ lack of seriousness when it comes to bringing down premiums, ensuring that all Americans have health coverage, and reducing the deficit. Rather than debate a real health care plan—which they have had ample time to develop—Republicans passed a resolution declaring their support for 12 vague health care ‘goals.’ But they took no steps to ensure that those goals would ever result in real health care legislation and set no deadlines for such legislation to be passed.Today’s resolution is just another example of how Republicans have failed to make the tough choices necessary to reform our health care system.

“There is, in fact, a concrete health care plan that accomplishes the goals laid out by Republicans, from fostering job creation to expanding coverage to ensuring fiscal discipline. It’s called the Affordable Care Act, and House Republicans just voted to repeal it.”

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