Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on House Republicans' 50th vote to undermine or repeal the Affordable Care Act:
“It is extremely disappointing that House Republicans decided to hold their fiftieth vote to undermine or repeal the Affordable Care Act today. The House has now voted fifty times to strip millions of Americans of the critical protections that law affords, including the right of young people under age twenty-six to seek coverage under their parents’ plans, a prohibition on insurance companies setting annual or lifetime limits on coverage, and an end to discriminatory practices that often denied coverage to those with pre-existing conditions and made it more difficult or more costly for women to obtain insurance. The Affordable Care Act has also made it possible for many Americans who were previously uninsured to afford coverage for the first time through the state and federal health insurance marketplaces.
“Instead of wasting all these votes and all this time on their obsession with the Affordable Care Act, the Republican Majority ought to have focused on working with Democrats to strengthen the law and to advance bipartisan solutions to our nation’s most pressing challenges. We have now an opportunity to put those fifty votes behind us and commit to working together to create jobs, achieve a sustainable fiscal future, restore the emergency unemployment insurance that has been cut off for 2 million Americans, raise the minimum wage, reform our broken immigration system, and invest in a strong and competitive manufacturing sector. I hope the fiftieth Republican attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act – at the expense of focusing on the issues that matter most to the American people – will be their last.”