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Affordable Care Act 2011

On January 19, 2011, the House of Representatives voted to repeal health insurance reform. Every single Republican (242) and three Democrats voted for repeal. This was the first item on the Republicans' agenda and fulfilled a promise they made when they took control of the House. While this appears to be an abstract, partisan fight, it will likely not go further than the House. There is little expectation that the Senate will pass a similar repeal effort.

Still, we must share our strong support for the Affordable Care Act and its continued implementation. Further, it is important to continue to refute claims of it being a “job-killing” reform. The House Republican leadership cites a study projecting a 1.6 million job loss — but fails to mention that the study refers to a hypothetical employer mandate that is not part of the new law. The same study also predicts an offsetting gain of 890,000 jobs in hospitals, doctors’ offices and insurance companies — a factor not mentioned by the House leadership. Independent, nonpartisan experts project only a "small" or "minimal" impact on jobs, even before taking likely job gains in the health care and insurance industries into account. Further, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, repealing the Affordable Care Act will add hundreds of billions to the deficit, increase costs for those who are covered, and result in 32 million fewer people receiving coverage.  

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