Capps Votes Against Repeal of Health Insurance Reform

Capps Votes Against Repeal of Health Insurance Reform

Santa Barbara Independent | January 19, 2011

On January 19, Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) voted against legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted into law last March. The Patients’ Rights Repeal Act was approved by a vote of 245-189. All House Republicans voted “Yes” to repeal this life-saving law.

“The health insurance reform law is already benefitting families, seniors and small businesses up and down the Central Coast and across the country,” said Capps. “This effort to repeal the whole law, even as it’s still being implemented, is shortsighted and a political distraction. We should keep our focus on getting our economy back on track, addressing the housing crisis and creating jobs.”

During the floor debate, Capps told the story of one of her constituents, Gwendolyn Strong, to illustrate the life-changing impact of the implementation of the critical consumer protections included in the Affordable Care Act. Bill and Victoria Strong’s daughter Gwendolyn was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) at six months old. Before reform her parents lived in fear that she would reach her lifetime coverage limit and then be denied insurance due to her pre-existing condition. The elimination of lifetime caps has given the Strongs peace of mind—they are guaranteed Gwendolyn will receive the care she needs and their family is protected from bankruptcy. But repeal would put this family back at risk for losing their coverage and potential bankruptcy.

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