Once again our Congressmen have let us down. Congressman Bass and Congressman Guinta both voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This would make the 33rd time that the Republican controlled Congress has tried to repeal “Obamacare”. This is very disheartening for many Granite Staters.
The Affordable Care Act was just upheld in the US Supreme Court and yet our Congressman are working to remove it. Repealing the Affordable Care Act would:
- Let insurance companies drop coverage for people with pre-existing conditions like asthma, heart disease, or cancer;
- Force young people up to age 26 years old off their parents’ health care plans;
- Roll back prescription drug coverage, raising costs for seniors; and,
- Deny life saving preventive tests like mammograms.
I think Bob King President of the United Auto Workers said it best when he stated:
“Fortunately, none of these things will happen because today’s House vote was entirely symbolic and has no chance of becoming law. It’s time for Republicans in Congress to stop playing political games and focus on strengthening the middle class and putting Americans back to work,”
According the OpenSecrets.org Rep. Charlie Bass has received $284,475 dollars in campaign donations from the insurance industry. While Rep Guinta has not been in office nearly as long as Rep Bass, Rep Guinta has raised $119,943 dollars in donations from the insurance industry. So while hard-working Granite Staters are struggling to pay their bills due to the high cost of health insurance, our Congressmen are voting against them.
Rob Friedlander, Communications Director for Annie Kuster had this to say about Rep Bass’s vote on HR 6079:
“Today’s vote is a transparently political stunt that will do nothing to improve health care, cut costs, or expand access for New Hampshire families. This is exactly what we’ve grown to expect from Washington over the past two years – an endless parade of political posturing that distracts from the real challenges we face. At a time when middle class families are struggling to pay for gas and groceries, send their kids to college, and save for retirement, Congressman Bass and House Republicans would rather vote to protect insurance companies than find real solutions. We need a new approach in Washington that’s focused on creating jobs and standing up for the middle class – not political grandstanding.”
We need Congressman who will stand up for the middle class families of the Granite State not corporate agendas. We need our Congressman to push for bills that will help Granite Staters get back to work. We need Rep Bass and Rep Guinta to push for the American Jobs Act. “Instead of symbolic votes on health care, the House should vote to create more than two million jobs by immediately passing President Obama’s American Jobs Act,” said Bob King (UAW). Stop fighting over “Obamacare” and start fighting for the middle class families who cannot get a job.