03.08.17

Committee Republicans Pass Health Care Proposals That Would Harm Working Families

WASHINGTON – Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a markup on H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, H.R. 1304 the Self-Insurance Protection Act, and H.R. 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act. These three proposals would weaken insurance protections for consumers, shift costs onto working people, and undermine civil rights and privacy protections of employees.

H.R. 1101, H.R. 1304, and H.R. 1313 do nothing to help insulate the American people from the damage of repealing the ACA,” said Ranking Member Scott (VA-03). “Last week, I stated that if Republicans came up with a plan that is better than the ACA, I would support it. I had my doubts, because we had yet to see any plan. Well guess what?  We have the plan and it is a bad one. I think Republicans need to work with Democrats to improve the ACA.  If Republicans would let go of their misguided desire to repeal the ACA, then we can have a serious discussion on health care.”

These bills were marked up at the same time that House Republicans were acting in the Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a bill that has not yet been scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

It’s impossible to have a serious discussion on health care in this Committee while two other Committees are simultaneously repealing the ACA,” added Ranking Member Scott.We are talking about a moving target – the Majority wants to repeal and replace the ACA but so far, we don’t have any CBO analysis of their so-called replacement bill.”

The Republican bill to repeal and replace the ACA would cause millions to lose their insurance, force families to pay more for fewer protections, defund Planned Parenthood, while at the same time would give tax cuts to people in the top 1 percent.

FACT SHEET: The Small Business Health Fairness Act

FACT SHEET: The Self-Insurance Protection Act

FACT SHEET: The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act 

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