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Scott: Association Health Plans Shift Costs Onto Workers

03.22.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, by a vote of 236-175, largely on party lines: "H.R. 1101 would undermine the progress made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), weaken state-level consumer protections and shift costs onto working people. This association health plan idea has been studied for years and it has been concluded that it's a bad idea. Under the A… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on CBO Analysis of Republican Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

03.13.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office announced that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured under the Republicans' Pay More For Less bill. "The Congressional Budget Office has confirmed what we already knew - that millions of Americans would lose access to affordable health insurance under the Republican plan. This proposal was put together without considering the fundamental principles of arithmetic. By skewi… Continue Reading


Committee Republicans Pass Health Care Proposals That Would Harm Working Families

03.08.17   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… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Republican ACA Repeal Bill

03.06.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Republicans finally released their proposal to Make America Sick Again. "The Republican bill to repeal the ACA is fundamentally flawed, because it purports to cover pre-existing conditions without an individual mandate. In states that have tried this, the markets have gone into total chaos. Furthermore, the tax credits proposed are likely to be insufficient for low-inc… Continue Reading


Committee Learns Republican Healthcare Proposals Would Harm Working Families

03.01.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, and discussion drafts for the Self-Insurance Protection Act and the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act. These three proposals would weaken insurance protections for consumers and shift costs onto workers. The hearing also served as a distraction from the fact that Congressional Republicans still have no plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "While… Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Blast Proposed CMS Marketplace Rule

02.15.17   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA), and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) today released the following joint statement after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule affecting the Health Insurance Marketplace. "The Trump Administration's proposed rule continues Republican efforts to rip away health security from … Continue Reading


Democrats Highlight Impact of Reckless ACA Repeal on Our Nation’s Children

02.08.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Ranking Member Bobby Scott was joined by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., Ranking Member Richard Neal, Ranking Member John Yarmuth, Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, President of the National Association of School Nurses Beth Mattey, parents and advocates for a press conference to highlight how Republican plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will harm children. Medicaid is vital… Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Seek Answers from Trump Administration on Efforts to Sabotage ACA Open Enrollment

01.30.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Ways and Means Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to request further details on the Trump Administration's decision to halt advertising and outreach activities for Healthcare.gov ahead of the crucial January 31st deadline for open enrollment. "We are deeply … Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Halt Health Care Enrollment Outreach to Families

01.27.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement amid reports that the Trump administration has ended outreach and advertising that provides America's families and working people with information on how to enroll for health insurance at HealthCare.gov: "The Trump Administration's decision to halt outreach and advertising is designed to undercut ACA enrollment during the peak period for enrollment. In the three years since the ACA Marketplaces began, the final day… Continue Reading


Scott: Total Chaos if Obamacare is Repealed

01.13.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (Va-03) spoke on the House Floor today against the Republican's budget resolution, which would begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Below is a transcript of his remarks as delivered: "Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this budget resolution and its intent to compromise the health insurance for all Americans. "Republicans continue to pursue the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, root and branch, despite the fact that there is no cred… Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Call for Hearings on Impact of ACA Repeal Before Any Action in the House

01.12.17   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Ways and Means Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) sent a letter to the Chairmen of their respective committees today requesting public hearings immediately on the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through budget reconciliation. The three Democratic Committee leaders wrote that public deliberations are essential before any action is taken. … Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Consequences of GOP’s Partial Repeal Plan for the Affordable Care Act

12.07.16   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement on the Urban Institute's new report detailing the impact of Republicans' plan to partially repeal the Affordable Care Act: "The Urban Institute's report shows that plans to repeal large parts of the ACA through a special budget procedure - without any viable or serious alternative - could result in drastic consequences for millions of people. According to this report, a partial repeal with no replacement would le… Continue Reading


Scott, Levin, Pallone Statement on Court Order to Delay House v. Burwell

12.06.16   WASHINGTON - Ranking Members Bobby Scott (D-VA), Sandy Levin (D-MI), and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) of the House Committees on Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce respectively, made the following joint statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an order to delay the consideration of House v. Burwell: "This decision to delay the consideration of House v. Burwell until after Inauguration Day puts millions of Americans at risk of l… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Nomination of Chairman Tom Price for HHS Secretary

11.29.16   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) released the following statement after it was reported that Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price will be nominated for U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services: "I congratulate my colleague Tom Price on his nomination to serve as our nation's next Secretary of Health and Human Services. This position has been, and must continue to be, one that enhances and protects the health of all Americans, especially the most vulnerable among us. "As Chairm… Continue Reading


Scott, Levin, Pallone: Six Strong Years for the ACA

03.23.16   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2016 CONTACTS Kiara Pesante (Scott), 202-226-0853 Kevin Parker (Levin), 202-226-3354 Christine Brennan (Pallone), 202-225-5735 WASHINGTON, DC - Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ)- the top Democrats on committees with jurisdiction over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - … Continue Reading


Democrats Call for Investments in HHS Programs to Support Nation’s Families

03.15.16   WASHINGTON - Today the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing entitled, "Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services". The hearing focused on funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue to expand critical investments that protect the health and wellbeing of hardworking American families, and invest in our nation - from childhood into advanced age. "From the Ebola outbreak to Zika to the Flint crisis, … Continue Reading


Scott, Pallone, Levin, Van Hollen: GOP Reconciliation Bills Just More of the Same

01.06.16   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2016 CONTACT Kiara Pesante (Scott) - (202) 226-0853 Christine Brennan (Pallone) - (202) 225-5735 Kevin Parker (Levin) - (202) 226-3354 Ian Jannetta (Van Hollen) - (202) 225-1527 WASHINGTON - Today, the Ranking Members of the House Committees on Education and the Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means and Budget denounced House Republicans' reconciliation legislation that would effectively gut the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Education and the Workfor… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on ACA Challenge Reaching the Supreme Court under the Guise of Religious Freedom

11.06.15   WASHINGTON - Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement today after the Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear arguments in seven consolidated cases. The cases question whether the contraceptive accommodation for some religiously affiliated organizations who wish to avail themselves of the preventive services mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act… Continue Reading


Scott asks Committee to shift focus to important, bipartisan legislation

09.30.15   Remarks come after Committee vote on partisan reconciliation proposal that defunds Planned Parenthood and guts the Affordable Care Act WASHINGTON - Following today's markup in the Education and the Workforce Committee of a reconciliation proposal that will gut the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood, Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) made the following statement: "I am deeply disappointed that the Committee saw fit to report this proposal today. The sole aim of t… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, Urges Medicaid Expansion

07.30.15   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid: "On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law and made access to affordable, quality health care a fundamental American value. Medicare and Medicaid have helped millions of Americans - particularly seniors, people with disabilities, and low income families - live with economic security and dignity. The Affordable… Continue Reading

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