Moran: “this is the height of hypocrisy”
Repeal to increase uninsured in Northern Virginia by 23,000
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, stood up for the millions who are benefiting from health care reform and voted against the Republican Repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Repeal would increase the number of uninsured by 23,000 in Northern Virginia.
In advance of this evening’s vote, Rep. Moran took to the House floor to speak out against the bill:
“This is the height of hypocrisy,” said Moran. “The Republican members of Congress were given the opportunity for health care coverage for their families. Most of them took that opportunity. Now in the first legislative act of this new Congress, they are going to deny that opportunity for their own constituents. Their children are covered, but what about the children of their constituents? What about their constituents whose employers are not able to provide coverage?”
“The first priority of our Congress should be to grow our economy and create jobs, but instead, the new Republican leadership is focusing on repealing affordable, quality health care for all Americans,” said Moran.
Repealing health care reform would result in the following significant consequences in Northern Virginia:
· Allowing insurance companies to deny coverage to approximately 200,000 individuals, including more than 7,000 children, with pre-existing conditions.
· Taking away the ability of 2,100 young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plan until the age of 26.
· Taking away the 50% discount on brand-name Rx drugs from 3,500seniors who hit the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole;’ and denying free preventive care services under Medicare to 64,000 seniors.
· Eliminating health care tax credits available for up to 17,500 small businesses.
· Getting rid of the ban on insurers placing lifetime limits on coverage, which is currently benefiting 493,000 individuals who have health insurance through their employer or in the private insurance market.