Release from Speakers Pelosi office....
Republicans' Call for Repeal of Health Care Reform Would Lead to Middle Class, Seniors and Small Businesses Paying More
Today, President Obama signed historic health insurance reform legislation passed by the House on Sunday that ensures affordability for the middle class and seniors, accessibility for all Americans, and accountability for the insurance industry. The Senate is also expected to act on a package of improvements to this bill. Instead of supporting this critical legislation that will make it easier for Americans to obtain affordable, high quality health insurance - Congressional Republicans are calling for the repeal of the legislation and for a return to the status quo.
But which of these provisions - which will be available immediately - do they want to repeal?
· Will Republicans repeal the small business tax credits that will make employee coverage more affordable?
· Or the $250 rebate to America's seniors who have fallen into the Medicare Part D donut hole pay for prescription drug coverage?
· Will Republicans repeal the ban on insurance companies dropping people from coverage when they get sick?
· Or the prohibition on insurance companies denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions?
· Will Republicans repeal the ban on insurance companies placing lifetime caps on coverage or the ban on restrictive annual limits on coverage?
· Or the new, independent appeals process that ensures consumers have an avenue to appeal decisions by their health insurance plan?
· Will Republicans repeal the temporary high-risk pool that will provide immediate access to Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition?
Or will they repeal the requirement that health plans allow young people to remain on their parents' health insurance plan up to their 26th birthday?