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Bonamici Votes Against Repeal of Affordable Care Act

May 16, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today released the following statement explaining her vote against repeal of the Affordable Care Act law.

“Today I voted against the 37th attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. What we need now is a constructive dialogue about effectively implementing this landmark legislation, but instead we’re getting another bill that has no chance of becoming law.

“The Affordable Care Act was designed to do two things: strengthen coverage for those who have insurance and provide affordable options for those who don’t. It is making progress in both respects.

“Nearly 13 million Americans have received rebates from their insurance companies. Children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage. More than 6 million young adults up to age 26 have obtained health insurance through their parents' insurance plans. Seniors have saved more than $6 billion on their prescription drugs. And 360,000 small employers have already used the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit to provide health insurance to 2 million of their employees.

“Oregon is a leader in implementation. Cover Oregon, Oregon’s health insurance exchange, will expand opportunities for individuals and small businesses to obtain coverage and promote competition. In fact, after proposed premium rates for plans on the exchange were made public, two major insurers immediately asked to voluntarily lower their rates after seeing lower rates in their competitors’ proposals. Soon, millions of Americans will qualify for subsidies and tax credits that will make private insurance sold through the exchange even more affordable.

“Repealing the ACA would upend these critical reforms, leaving chaos, uncertainty, and fewer people with access to health care. It’s time to move beyond the politics of this issue and focus on the policy. It’s time to work together for constructive solutions; that’s what we were elected to do.”