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Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on 38th House Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

July 19, 2013
Press Release
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement after House Republicans voted today for the 38th time to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act. The "Authority for Mandate Delay Act" (H.R. 2667) passed by a margin of 264 to 161 and the "Fairness for American Families Act" (H.R. 2668) passed 251 to 174:

"It was just two months ago that House Republicans made their 37th vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Today, the House of Representatives voted yet again to do away with critical protections for patients and working families. H.R. 2667 and H.R. 2668 together mark the 38th attempt to repeal, delay or defund health care reform. Instead of working together to ensure complete and successful implementation, House Republicans remain determined to re-litigate settled battles and undermine much needed reform to health care in America.

"These votes come at a time when more Americans are seeing lower costs and better coverage. The New York Times recently reported that individuals buying health insurance in New York State will see their premiums fall by at least 50 percent next year as the Affordable Care Act continues to take effect.

"Because of the Affordable Care Act, there are 8,400 young adults in the 43rd Congressional District of California who now have health insurance coverage through their parents' plan. More than 3,900 seniors in my district now have access to more affordable prescription drug coverage, which has saved them roughly $4.6 million since 2011. Also in my district, there are over 40,000 children with preexisting conditions who can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers. And beginning in 2014, over 165,000 of my constituents with pre-existing conditions who now lack health insurance will have access to quality, affordable care without fear of discrimination or higher charges.

"Last month marked one year since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act -- it is the law of the land. Once again, I urge my Republican colleagues to abandon their anti-health care crusade and redirect their efforts towards creating jobs and rebuilding a prosperous middle class."


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