Proposal to Repeal New Health Care Reform Law Advances to the Senate as Early as Today, 2/2/11
U.S. SENATE TO VOTE ON REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHICH EXPANDS HEALTH CARE COVERAGE TO OVER 32 MILLION UNINSURED AMERICANS, INCLUDING 8 MILLION AFRICAN AMERICANS WHILE INCREASEING PROTECTIONS OF THE INSURED
Later today, Wednesday, February 2, 2011, Senator Mitch McConnell (KY) has indicated that he will offer an amendment to the bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration to repeal all or a significant part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as comprehensive health care reform.
In an ill-conceived move, on January 19, 2011, less than a year after President Obama signed the landmark Affordable Care Act into law, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. R. 2 repealing Health Care reform legislation, which the NAACP fought so hard to see enacted. The Affordable Care Act represents a major overhaul of our Nation’s health care system and will provide more than 32 million Americans, including 8 million African Americans, who had been uninsured with health care coverage.
Other provisions in this law which were strongly supported by the NAACP would :
- Take an aggressive approach to address the health care disparities that continue to plague so many racial and ethnic minority communities;
- Outlaw discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions;
- Create more than 300,000 new jobs by reducing the growth of health care costs and therefore allowing businesses to invest in jobs and growth rather than non-wage compensation;
- Provide our seniors with the freedom to get the care they need, including free preventative care, lower prescription drug costs and Medicare that they can count on;
- Not allow insurance companies to deny coverage to a person because he or she has gotten sick;
- Expand dependent care so that older children can be covered under their parents’ policies;
- Create state-based exchanges through which people without employer-provided coverage can purchase health insurance;
- Provide federal subsidies to people who must purchase their own health insurance and earn between 133% and 400% of the federal poverty level ($24,352 and $73,240 for a family of 3 in 2010);
- Increase in the number of children from low-and middle-income families who have health insurance; and
- Shave $130 billion off the deficit, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the entire package will cost $940 billion over 10 years. It is also, expected to cut more than a trillion dollars from the deficit over 20 years.
Now is the time when we should be concentrating on fully implementing this new law so that the maximum number of Americans can enjoy the benefits of health insurance while at the same time minimizing the costs and risks associated to businesses and the economy overall. We have come too far in the struggle for health care equality to turn back the clock to the days of too many Americans being uninsured or facing distasteful medical decisions because they are underinsured.