2011-01-26 / Features

Crowley Blasts GOP Repeal Of Health Care Act


“Does this legislation create jobs? No. In fact, if this bill passes, over four million jobs will be lost over the next 10 years.” “Does this legislation create jobs? No. In fact, if this bill passes, over four million jobs will be lost over the next 10 years.” As House Republicans prepared to carry out their orchestrated effort to repeal the Obamacare law, Congressmember Joseph Crowley (D–Queens/The Bronx) blasted the proposed repeal legislation as a job killer which would add $230 billion to the national deficit and devastate the nation’s middle class by denying them health insurance.

Crowley stated on the House floor: “We cannot repeal health reform and return to our same old failed system. The Republicans aren’t offering any new solutions, and they can’t even tell you what their secret plan is.

It’s part of their Harry Houdini Health Care strategy, now you have health care, now you don’t.”

A day later, the House Republican majority easily passed the legislation to un-do Obamacare and sent it to the Senate, where Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid has vowed it won’t ever come to a vote. But the Senate GOP promised to fight and bring it to the floor for a vote.

House Republicans also took action the day after voting to repeal President Barack Obama’s historic healthcare law.

On Thursday, January 20, the House GOP passed a resolution asking key committees to draw up legislation to change the law, they announced, but provided few details.

Speaker John Boehner (R–Ohio) was quoted in one news story as saying the changes would be common sense reforms that bring down the cost of health care.

But addressing the proposed law passed by the Republicans to do away with the healthcare law passed by the Democrats last year, Crowley blasted it on several counts. The veteran Elmhurst lawmaker declared:

“Does this legislation create jobs? No. In fact, if this bill passes, over four million jobs will be lost over the next 10 years.”

Turning his attention to another shortcoming in the repealer legislation, Crowley warned the bill will add $230 billion to the national deficit.

“Does it strengthen the middle class?” he asked, “No. This bill will devastate millions of Americans who are finally free from the fear that they or their children will not have health insurance.”

Crowley, a chief deputy whip in the House Democratic leadership, said he had heard from so many people in his district who are thankful for what health insurance reform has done for them.

“How can we go back home and tell them they will lose these protections?”, he said.

Citing some of the gains his constituents and millions of others throughout the country have gained under the Obama healthcare law, Crowley pointed out that seniors with high prescription drug costs could lose last year’s $250 check and see this year’s drug prices rise if the Republicanpassed law killing Obamacare was also passed by the Senate.

Also, Crowley pointed out, without the new law, “Families of children with cancer will lose the assurance that their child cannot be denied treatment because of a pre-existing condition.”

Even the nation’s businessmen would be hurt, Crowley noted, because they relied on last year’s healthcare tax credit and will face uncertainty if the law is repealed. It would also put many jobs at risk, and worst of all, insurance companies will once again be back in charge of patient care.

Crowley declared that the Republican bill to end Obamacare “is clearly wrong for our economy and our country. We cannot go backwards, no way, no how no ever.”

He stated: “Our constituents deserve better, but don’t just take my word for it. Independent sources have confirmed the danger that repeal will cause to our country stopping job creation, exploding the deficit, and even shortening the life of the

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