Congressman G. K. Butterfield's statement on the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act
Last year’s passage of the Affordable Care Act was truly historic with roots tracing back almost 100 years. This full repeal would force that process to start all over, and take away many of the new health care protections and freedoms people are only just beginning to enjoy.
From discrimination based on pre-existing conditions to lifetime limits on coverage, repeal would put insurance companies back in charge of health care. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, repeal would also increase the deficit by $230 billion over the next 10 years, and by over $1 trillion in the second 20 years.
And, according to the Medicare Actuaries, the Affordable Care Act extended the solvency of Medicare by 12 years. Repeal would accelerate the insolvency of Medicare – as well as increase drug costs for seniors in the donut hole and increase deductibles and co-pays for preventive services.