Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) issued the following statement after Republicans voted this week to repeal patients’ rights and undo parts of the Affordable Care Act:
“After four months in the House majority, Republicans have yet to put forward a jobs agenda. But one partisan priority has taken an inordinate amount of their time: voting on legislation to undo the Affordable Care Act (ACA), even though they know that repeal will not become law. House Republicans already took a largely symbolic vote to repeal the ACA—now they are taking another series of votes to defund more of its provisions.
“One bill passed by Republicans this week would defund the health exchanges created by the ACA: transparent marketplaces where Americans can shop for private-sector insurance plans, and where they will find plans compared—in plain language—on price and benefits. Stopping the creation of these marketplaces will mean less competition, less choice, and lower-quality care for Americans—and, according to the CBO, will lead to higher premiums and higher costs for those employers who offer health insurance coverage.
“Today, Republicans also passed legislation that would stop funding for the construction of school-based health centers, which provide important health care services to students within local schools—neighborhood locations that children families already go to every day. These health centers provide children and adolescents with efficient access to primary, mental, and oral health services. They break down barriers to health care: they are an important source of medical care for low-income students, as well as for those who have difficulty accessing doctors, such as children who live in rural areas, children whose parents work and struggle to find time for doctor’s appointments, and children whose families do not currently have health insurance. School-based health centers have been connected to increased student attendance and higher academic performance—and in Maryland, where many of the public school Judy Centers for child care include medical services, we have seen these beneficial results first-hand.
“Republicans’ actions today are shortsighted and bad for Americans’ health. Fortunately, the bills they passed today will not become law.”