House Set to Vote on Repeal of Affordable Care Act; Repeal Would Work Against Women and Families

For Immediate Release

National Women s Law Center
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Andrea Maruniak or Maria Patrick, 202-588-5180

 

House Set to Vote on Repeal of Affordable Care Act; Repeal Would Work Against Women and Families

WASHINGTON - Today the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on  H.R.
2, a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the new health care law.
The repeal legislation is expected to pass in the House, but is not
expected to move forward in the Senate. The following is a statement by
NWLC Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger:

"Those
who vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act today declare their
intention to take away the tangible benefits that millions of women and
their families are already receiving from the new health care law. The
law gives Americans more affordable health insurance without the fear of
being dropped when they get sick or being denied coverage due to a
pre-existing condition.  And it gives women the peace of
mind that comes from knowing that insurers cannot charge them more than
men for the same insurance or impose lifetime caps on benefits.  Indeed,
those supporting repeal would return to the days when insurance
companies could treat women like a pre-existing condition.

"The
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the repeal bill would
increase the deficit by $230 billion over ten years and leave 32 million
people uninsured. In this tough economy, we can't afford to remove a
law that will end harmful and discriminatory insurance industry
practices, hold down health costs and dramatically increase the number
of people getting affordable coverage."

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The National Women's Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women's legal rights. The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women. For more information on the Center, visit: www.nwlc.org.

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