Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered remarks today at a press conference highlighting the benefits for young adults in the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
“One year ago, Democrats took bold action to pass the Affordable Care Act and the Education Reconciliation Act. Today, these laws are putting patients—not insurance companies-- back in control of their health care. And American families and students are now benefitting from new protections and greater freedoms.
“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies can no longer discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions – a protection that extends to all Americans by 2014 – and young people can stay on their parents’ insurance plan until they are 26.
“If Republicans had their way, they would repeal these new patients’ rights and put insurance companies back in control. And thanks to the Education Reconciliation Act, we have helped ease the tuition burden for students by strengthening the Pell grant program, investing in community colleges, supporting historically black colleges and helping student borrowers manage their student loan debt.
“The Education Reconciliation Act cuts out the middle man in student lending, enabling us to save taxpayers money, reduce the deficit by at least $10 billion over 10 years and invest more than $35 billion in the Pell grant program.
“Pell grants are a critical investment in our future that will help us remain competitive in the global economy. While Democrats strengthened the Pell grant program, Republicans are trying to weaken the program, meaning students will pay more for a college education.
“Taken together, these two laws are a major step forward for young people in this country. We owe it to students like Isbah Rajah, who you will hear from next, not to let republicans roll back this progress. Isbah has been denied coverage twice for lupus and can now stay on her father’s plan. I am so pleased she could be here with us today to share her story.”