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Bonamici Speaks Out Against Latest Effort to Repeal Affordable Care Act

July 11, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) today voted against H.R. 6079, legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill was the 31st attempt by House Republicans to repeal part or all of the health care reform legislation. Thus far all attempts have been unsuccessful.

It’s unfortunate that we are here once again talking about the Affordable Care Act, a bill that passed almost two years ago and was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Bonamici said on the House floor yesterday. “We should really be focusing on jobs and the economy.”

The Affordable Care Act has already improved access to health care and lowered costs of coverage for millions of Americans. In Oregon, 43,000 young adults have been able to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans. Nearly 50,000 Oregonians with Medicare have received rebates to help cover their prescription drug costs. And more than one million Oregonians have received low-cost preventive care.

The benefits of the Affordable Care Act are undeniable; repealing it has none,” Bonamici said. “In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, repeal would increase the deficit by $210 billion over 10 years. We can all agree that such an increase is unacceptable and fiscally irresponsible. I hope today is the last time the House votes on some form of ACA repeal so we can move onto the things that really matter.”

To watch Congresswoman Bonamici’s floor speech on this issue, click here.