Instead of moving forward to create jobs and strengthen our economy, Senate Republicans want to refight the battles of the past and vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act – the new health reform law.
It’s important to remember what repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean to millions of Americans. Without the new law:
By rolling back the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are also voting to add a trillion dollars to the deficit. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has concluded that repealing the Affordable Care Act would add nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars to the deficit in the first decade – $230 billion – and more than a trillion dollars in the second decade.
And according to independent experts, repealing the Affordable Care Act would prevent 250,000 – 400,000 jobs from being created each year.
President Obama and his team are committed to moving forward and delivering the benefits of the new law to the American people. We know that health reform is already delivering tax credits to small business owners like Betsy Burton of Salt Lake City, Utah. Thanks to the new law, young Americans like Kayla Holmstrom of Brookings, South Dakota are able to stay on their parent’s health plan. James Howard of Katy, Texas, a brain cancer patient, has the treatment he needs. And Cathy Lynn Howell from Marblehead, Ohio finally has insurance after being locked out of the insurance marketplace because of her pre-existing condition.
We featured all of these Americans in our Voices of Health Reform project and they are just a few of the millions of people who are already benefitting from the Affordable Care Act. And we’re committed to moving forward, strengthening the health care system for all of us and delivering the benefits of reform to the American people.
Stephanie Cutter is Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor.