Levin, Pallone, Scott: GOP Trying to Rob Health Care from Millions of Americans (again)

Feb 3, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Ranking Members of the House Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and the Workforce decried today’s attempt by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – the 56th such attempt since the law’s enactment – and the Republicans’ sustained attack to undermine access to quality, affordable health care for millions of hard-working Americans. Ranking Members Sander Levin (D-MI), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) released the following joint statement after today’s vote:

"Once again, Republicans have tried to rob millions of Americans of their access to dependable, quality health care. Today's vote marks the 56th time House Republicans have attempted to undermine the Affordable Care Act. The GOP continues to disregard the plain, simple fact that the ACA is working. In 2014, the uninsured rate dropped to just 12.9 percent, and 19 million Americans have obtained ACA-sponsored coverage. Five years later, it is irresponsible for Republicans to pretend that the law and its landmark reforms can simply be taken away from American families.

“Republicans must end their bitter partisanship and reckless attempts to undermine the health and financial security of millions of Americans. It’s time they join Democrats to improve the country’s infrastructure, boost workers’ paychecks, and grow the American economy. We look forward to working with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to support working and middle-class families.” 

Together, the Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and the Workforce hold jurisdiction over the Affordable Care Act. Reps. Levin, Pallone and Scott remain committed to defending the ACA from partisan attacks and instead work in constructive ways to strengthen the law.