Health Care Reform Repeal News Roundup
Since Monday’s announcement of the bill to repeal the health care reform law, there has been no shortage of commentary on this topic. You can look no further than our blog, where we brought you a video describing the issue and what you can do to fight this effort and guest posts from Rabbi Don Goor of Temple Judea in California and Dr. Cheryl Gutmann, chairperson of the Reform Movement’s Commission on Social Action.
Here’s what other folks have been saying:
- Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius writes in the Chicago Times on Wednesday that repealing the health care law would be a “reckless step backward,” saying, “I can’t think of a worse idea for American families.”
- Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner join Secretary Sebelius in expressing their opposition to repeal in a letter to new House Speaker John Boehner.
- The director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office issues a preliminary review of the repeal legislation, estimating that it would increase the federal deficit by about $230 billion over the next 10 years.
- The Hill reports that more than 60 House Democrats filed four amendments to the repeal bill, each intended to preserve key patient protections such as the elimination of lifetime caps on benefits and the ban on insurers denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions.
- Washington Post op-ed columnist Eugene Robinson explains why he thinks “there’s only one appropriate Democratic response: ‘Make my day.'”
- NPR re-examines the claims about health care coming from both sides and lines them up with the facts.
The vote to repeal the health care reform law is less than one week away. Act now to protect your new benefits under this law and retain the new provisions that will help the most vulnerable members of our society.