DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on House Republicans Latest Vote to Dismantle the ACA

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement following House Republicans latest vote to dismantle the Affordable Care Act:

“Today, Republicans voted on a health care measure that manages to both increase the deficit and decrease the number of insured. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, making this move would cost one million people their health insurance through their employer and could even lead businesses to cut hours for workers.

“This legislation is antithetical to the goal of expanding access to affordable insurance, and undermines the progress already achieved under the Affordable Care Act. The benefits of health care reform have reached from young adults permitted to stay on their parents’ insurance, to seniors for whom the prescription drug donut hole is closing and the solvency of Medicare has been extended. Recently, we have seen the level of uninsured Americans at or near historic lows, while overall health care costs are rising at historically low rates.

“We are just days into the 114th Congress, and already Republicans have shown us everything we need to know about what to expect over the next two years. Yesterday, Mitch McConnell tried to credit 57 straight months of job growth to an election that occurred just nine weeks ago. Now, Republicans have prioritized legislation that would hurt working families and our nation’s fiscal strength for the sake of winning a talking point.

“Republicans have been given an opportunity to prove they can work with President Obama. For the sake of the American people, they need to stop squandering it.”

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