GOP Votes To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act For The 38th And 39th Times-- This Time With Help From The New Dems
Steve Israel's tenure at the DCCC absolutely guarantees, as everyone in Washington, except perhaps Nancy Pelosi, knows, that the Republicans will be in charge of the House again after 2014. There is at least a 50-50 chance they will also win back the Senate. You think they'll stop trying to repeal Obamacare then?
Wednesday Steve Israel and Steny Hoyer both voted with the Democrats against Tim Griffith's H.R. 2667 (to delay the mandate for Big Business for another year) and Todd Young's H.R. 2668 to delay until 2015 the requirement that individuals maintain minimal essential health care coverage. But they-- not to mention the predators at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-- actively encouraged vulnerable Democrats, particularly vulnerable freshmen, to cross the aisle and vote with the Republicans. 35 Democrats voted for H.R. 2667 and 22 Democrats voted for H.R. 2668. These were the culprits-- all conservatives-- who voted for both:
• John Barrow (New Dem/Blue Dog-GA)
• Julia Brownley (CA)
• Cheri Bustos (IL)
• Bill Enyart (IL)
• Elizabeth Esty (New Dem-CT)
• Pete Gallego (New Dem/Blue Dog-TX)
• Joe Garcia (New Dem-FL)
• Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ)
• Dan Maffei (New Dem-NY)
• Sean Maloney (New Dem-NY)
• Jim Matheson (Blue Dog-UT)
• Mike McIntyre (New Dem/Blue Dog-NC)
• Patrick Murphy (New Dem-FL)
• Bill Owens (New Dem-NY)
• Scott Peters (New Dem-CA)
• Gary Peters (New Dem-MI)
• Collin Peterson (Blue Dog-MN)
• Nick Rahall (WV)
• Raul Ruiz (CA)
• Brad Schneider (New Dem-IL)
• Kyrsten Sinema (New Dem-AZ)
Back to Dave Camp for a moment. His wealthy donors would love to kill Obamacare-- not to mention Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Camp himself doesn't know people who are kept out of the virtual poorhouse because of these critical parts of the safety net. But those people are in his district. And already, in Camp's Michigan district-- in the suburbs west of Saginaw and in smaller towns like Mt. Pleasant, Frankenmuth, Cadillac, Dewitt, Durand, Midland and Reed City-- his constituents are feeling the positive impact of the ACA. Because of it:
• More than 8,000 seniors in the district received prescription drug discounts worth $10 million, an average discount of $550 per person in 2011, $780 in 2012, and $740 thus far in 2013.
• 143,000 seniors in the district are now eligible for Medicare preventive services without paying any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductible.
• 196,000 individuals in the district-- including 38,000 children and 81,000 women-- now have health insurance that covers preventive services without any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductible.
• 154,000 individuals in the district are saving money due to ACA provisions that prevent insurance companies from spending more than 20% of their premiums on profits and administrative overhead. Because of these protections, over 15,900 consumers in the district received approximately $2.3 million in insurance company rebates in 2012 and 2011-- an average rebate of $138 per family in 2012 and $214 per family in 2011.
• Up to 37,000 children in the district with preexisting health conditions can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers.
• 216,000 individuals in the district now have insurance that cannot place lifetime limits on their coverage and will not face annual limits on coverage starting in 2014.
Up to 81,000 individuals in the district who lack health insurance will have access to quality, affordable coverage without fear of discrimination or higher rates because of a preexisting health condition. In addition, the 27,000 individuals who currently purchase private health insurance on the individual or small group market will have access to more secure, higher quality coverage and many will be eligible for financial assistance.
• Rep. John Barrow, Georgia’s 12th District
• Rep. Ami Bera, California’s 7th District
• Rep. Julia Brownley, California’s 26th District
• Rep. Cheri Bustos, Illinois’ 17th District
• Rep. Suzan DelBene, Washington’s 1st District
• Rep. Bill Enyart, Illinois’ 12th District
• Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Connecticut’s 5th District
• Rep. Pete Gallego, Texas’ 23rd District
• Rep. Joe Garcia, Florida’s 26th District
• Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona’s 1st District
• Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, New York’s 18th District
• Rep. Dan Maffei, New York’s 24th District
• Rep. Jim Matheson, Utah’s 4th District
• Rep. Mike McIntyre, North Carolina’s 7th District
• Rep. Patrick Murphy, Florida’s 18th District
• Rep. Bill Owens, New York’s 21st District
• Rep. Scott Peters, California’s 52nd District
• Rep. Raul Ruiz, California’s 36th District
• Rep. Brad Schneider, Illinois’ 10th District
• Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona’s 9th District
“The Affordable Care Act means a mother in Tucson can keep her son on her insurance policy until he turns 26. It means a family in Minneapolis can help a sick child without worrying that insurance costs will put them behind on their mortgage. It means seniors around the country can afford the medication they need and a trip to see their grandkids. Republicans owe it to the country to explain why these advances should be repealed.
“It wasn’t so long ago that pre-existing conditions were used to cost you your health coverage. The Affordable Care Act changed that. The American people need the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.
“Voting to repeal the law for the thirty-eighth time is an outrageous assault on the well-being of America’s families. President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law more than three years ago. It’s time to work together to move forward and make sure every American can get the care he or she needs at a fair price.”
The DCCC is running this Facebook ad, asking people who the worst Republican is, John Boehner or Paul Ryan? The DCCC has worked diligently to protect both men and have consistently undermined grassroots Democrats who have opposed them. These people have no shame-- none whatsoever... but they do want your e-mail address so they can spam you with deceitful requests for money.
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