The House of Representatives will vote for the 43rd time to repeal the Affordable Care Act. With that vote, the Republicans will be shutting down the government. Cowing to Senator Ted Cruz and the Tea Party, Speaker Boehner is including a measure that repeals the entire law for a year and repeals the medical device tax days before millions of Americans will go to the new marketplaces to choose a health plan that works for them. It is shameful that the House is holding our economy hostage in order to give power back to insurance companies. #EnoughAlready
The House of Representatives is manufacturing a crisis to shutdown the government in order to give power back to insurance companies.
- Just like they did time and again in 2011 and 2012, Republicans are once again manufacturing a crisis and threatening to take down our country’s economy.
- Republicans need to stop sabotaging our economy to satisfy their obsession with slashing Medicare and Social Security, and gutting Obamacare. The American people want their leaders to focus on creating jobs and strengthening the economy.
- A one year repeal of the Affordable Care Act gives power back to insurance companies, allowing them to deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition like asthma or cancer, find any excuse to drop coverage, put lifetime caps back on care and hike premiums without any oversight.
A one year delay is repeal by another name and will hurt middle class families. The House will take away the benefits and protections millions of Americans already receive from the Affordable Care Act.
- Risking a government shutdown might be good political theater for some in Washington, but it has real consequences for middle class families.
- The House measure would take away benefits from 100 million Americans receiving benefits and protections from Obamacare, including the:
- 3.1 million young adults who have coverage because they can stay on their parents’ coverage;
- More than 6 million seniors who can pay would pay more for prescription drugs;
- 17 million children with a pre-existing condition would be at risk of not getting health coverage;
- 77.8 million people who received a refund last year because Obamacare requires insurers spend your premium dollars on your care, not CEO bonuses or profits;
- 71 million Americans with private insurance gained preventive service coverage with no co-pays or deductibles, including 27 million women.
A one year repeal means higher premiums, more left without insurance and higher deficits.
- On October 1, Americans without insurance will be able to enroll in health insurance Marketplaces, where nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans could get coverage for $100 a month or less.
- If the law were delayed for one year, 14 million more people would be left without insurance next year.
- Delay would increase premiums since fewer people would have insurance and there would be no access to premium tax credits to make insurance more affordable.
- If only the provision requiring people to have insurance were delayed for a year, premiums in the nongroup market could rise as much as 27 percent.
- The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit by $24 billion in fiscal 2014.
It’s time to move on. Obamacare is the law of the land. The House should listen to their constituents who oppose repealing the law and want our leaders to work together to implement and improve it.
- The reckless Republican strategy to shutdown the government because of Obamacare only gets 19 percent support. This is the fourth poll in the last few weeks showing that Americans strongly reject the Republican’s strategy.
- Americans know who is at fault if the government shuts down. 51% of the American people would blame Republicans for shutting down the government.
- It is time to move on. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. It passed the House. It passed the Senate. The Supreme Court upheld it and President Obama won re-election against a candidate who promised to repeal it.
What a Shutdown Means
Once again, Republicans have manufactured another crisis, shutting down our government because they didn’t get to stop Americans from gaining affordable health care coverage. The American people are sick and tired of this. 80% of the American people believe it’s just not right to threaten a shutdown during budget negotiations.
What it means:
- $2 billion bill for the American people. If Republicans shut down the government for the same amount of time as in 1995 and 1996, it would cost the American people more than $2 billion. [The Washington Post, 9/23/2013
- More than 2 million military service members may have their pay delayed. If the government shuts down for more than 10 days, more than 2 million military service members may see their pay delayed. [Military.com, 9/20/13; Huffington Post, 6/19/13; DoD]
- More than 737,000 civilian military personnel may have their pay delayed. If the government shuts down, the Department of Defense estimates that half of the civilian workforce would be furloughed without pay and the other half would have to work for delayed pay. [Military.com, 9/20/13; Huffington Post, 6/19/13; DoD
- The nutritional support for 8.6 million pregnant women, recent mothers, and young children is at risk. According to the Department of Agriculture’s plans in the case of a government shutdown, in the event of a shutdown, there are no additional federal funds to support the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)’s clinical services, food benefits, and administrative costs. State funds and contingency funds would not be enough to cover the entire month of October, putting the nutritional support for 8.6 million pregnant women, recent mothers, and their children at risk. [USDA; USDA, Food and Nutritional Services]
- 401 national parks will be closed. During a shutdown, “[a]ll the national parks will close.” Other attractions like the Smithsonian Institution and the National Zoo will also close.” [Christian Science Monitor, 9/25/2013; House Appropriations Committee, 9/2013; Department of Interior]
- Nearly 6 million small businesses could see their financial support delayed. In FY2012, the SBA’s flagship 7(a) and 504 loans programs approved 53,847 applications and supported 571,383 jobs, for an average of just over 1,000 applications per week. A shut down would put a stop to this critical source of small business credit until the government resumes operation. [Small Business Administration FY14 Budget Justification; SBA]
- More than 800,000 federal employees may be furloughed without pay. During a government shutdown, more than 800,000 federal employees around the country could be furloughed without pay. [Washington Post, 9/23/13; Think Progress, 9/24/2013]
- Veterans benefits may be delayed. During a shutdown, new veterans’ educational, compensation and pension benefits processing could be delayed. During the 1995-96 shutdowns, more than 400,000 veterans saw their disability benefits and pension claims delayed, while educational benefits were delayed for 170,000 veterans. [JEC; Army Times, 2/3/11; CNN, 1/4/96; VA]
- Americans may have their Social Security checks delayed. Although checks for current Social Security benefits would still go out during a shutdown, applications for new benefits would be delayed and services for seniors could be significantly curtailed. As a result of furloughs and service cuts during the last shutdown, 112,000 claims for Social Security and disability benefits were not be taken, 212,000 applications for Social Security Numbers were not taken, and 800,000 callers were denied service on the Social Security Administration’s 800 number. [BPC; SSA History; SAA, 2012]