Erpenbach on Congressional Repeal Vote

 

For Immediate Release January 19, 2011

Contact: Senator Jon Erpenbach, 608-266-6670

“The improvements made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed into law By President Obama last year help our struggling businesses control their costs and provide insurance protection to those needing it most. These bold and needed changes also reduced our deficit.  Today’s action by the Republican majority in the U.S. Congress to repeal the health insurance reforms is simply ugly political posturing.  At the end of the day, this exercise in "do nothing" will indeed do nothing for our businesses, our families, and our taxpayers. Congress should focus on creating jobs rather than trying to strip away health insurance from our children and those with pre-existing health conditions.”

“Repealing health insurance reforms will not create one single job.  Reining in abuses by the health insurance industry are the core of the enacted Federal changes; I am not so sure why Congress wants insurance companies to continue to be able to kick people off of coverage and deny coverage to others. Let’s work together to find solutions that create jobs at both the Federal and State level; our constituents want us to work together and drop the posturing. According to the Congressional Budget Office, repealing health care reforms will cost taxpayers $230 billion.  When all is said and done today, the Republican majority needs to ask themselves was it even necessary to bang the gavel in the first place.”