House GOP Votes to Repeal Patient Protections…and Keep Their Own
Instead of working to create jobs, House Republicans just wasted time by voting (again) to take away patient protections millions of Americans are already seeing thanks to the Affordable Care Act:
No lifetime limit on coverage for 105 million Americans.
Up to 17 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage by insurers.
6.6 million young adults up to age 26 have taken advantage of the law to obtain health insurance through their parents’ plan.
Free coverage for comprehensive preventive services for millions of women starting in August.
86 million Americans, including 32 million seniors in Medicare, have already received free preventive services.
5.3 million seniors in the ‘donut hole’ have already saved $3.7 billion on their prescription drugs.
3.4 million free senior Annual Wellness Visits under Medicare to date.
The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit has already been used by 360,000 small businesses to help insure 2 million workers.
$1.1 billion in rebates from health insurance companies this summer will help benefit nearly 13 million Americans.
And while the GOP repealed rights and protections for the American people…they had no problem protecting their own benefits. House Democrats offered a final amendment to the GOP bill that would require Members of Congress to forfeit their own taxpayer-subsidized FEHBP benefits if they voted to take away health care protections from families across the country. It’s only fair that Republicans should live under the same rules they want Americans to live under, but, unsurprisingly, the GOP-led House defeated the amendment.
Watch Leader Pelosi speak out against this dangerous GOP hypocrisy on the House floor today: