League urges Senate to reject House repeal of health care law
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
Following yesterday’s House vote of 245-189 to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the League of Women Voters of the United States has sent a letter to the Senate urging that body to oppose repeal of the Act.
In her letter, President Elisabeth MacNamara states:
The League of Women Voters urges you to oppose legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the comprehensive health care law passed by Congress in 2010. The League believes that the Affordable Care Act is a major step forward in guaranteeing health care for all. It has already made a difference by improving health care access and coverage for millions of Americans. Repealing it now would be a step in the wrong direction.
We have a health care crisis in America. Too many citizens lack adequate health insurance coverage and rising costs threaten everyone. Since its passage, the Affordable Care Act has brought about positive changes: children are no longer denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, insurers can no longer impose lifetime limits on coverage, adult children can stay on their parents' health plans up until age 26, and Medicare recipients can have a number of preventive and well-care services without being charged a deductible, co-pay, or coinsurance.
The League of Women Voters believes that as provisions of the Affordable Care Act continue to be implemented, more and more Americans will have health care coverage while health care costs are reduced for individuals, businesses and communities. In contrast, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that repeal of the Affordable Care Act would add $230 billion to the national deficit over the next ten years and leave about 54 million Americans without insurance.
As an organization that has worked for 90 years to improve government procedures, educate the electorate, and make government at all levels more accessible and responsive to citizens, we are deeply concerned that opponents of the Affordable Care Act have adopted a strategy of fear and obfuscation in attempting to repeal the law.
Medicare was enacted over strong opposition from those who opposed “socialized medicine.” Social Security was adopted despite loud and prolonged complaints. Yet, both these systems are now sacrosanct. Many other accomplishments, from civil rights to voting rights, were controversial when first adopted but have proven to be critical steps forward. The Affordable Care Act is part of that tradition.
The League of Women Voters urges you to oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act and support health care coverage for all Americans.