Conyers: Health Care Repeal Vote A Time Wasting Political Temper Tantrum
Washington, DC, July 11, 2012
Today on the floor, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) voted against H.R. 6079, the “Repeal Obamacare Act.” During debate over the measure, Ranking Member Conyers lead Judiciary Democrats in opposition to the bill. This marks the 31st time House Republican leadership has held a vote on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which created landmark new protections for America’s families and will extend health care coverage to over 30 million Americans. The measure passed the House 244 – 185 but is unlikely to be considered by the Senate. President Obama has threatened to veto the bill.
“Today rather than considering jobs legislation, House Republican leadership decided to throw what amounts to a political temper tantrum over the Supreme Court’s recent ruling,” said Conyers. “And while the Republicans have spent this Congress in a perpetual frenzy to repeal ‘Obamacare’, they have consistently failed to offer an alternative other than a return to the previous status quo where insurance companies are in charge and American families go without the important protections included in the Affordable Care Act.
“Luckily, the one good thing about this bill is that it will die in the Senate and the landmark protections instituted by the Affordable Care Act will remain law. That means 6.6 million children under the age of 26 can remain on their parents’ policy. Insurance companies can no longer deny 17 million children coverage due to pre-existing conditions. And 105 million Americans will no longer have to face a lifetime limit on their coverage.
“This bill is a distraction, and it diverts us from the work we should be doing for the American people: creating jobs and helping Americans make better lives for their families.”