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Democratic congressional nominee says the Republican attempts at repealing the Affordable Care Act are a "meaningless political game."


By Matt Cartwright

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court upheld the Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In response to the court’s ruling, Republicans in the House of Representatives decided to hold a vote to repeal the health care law completely.

The timing of this could not be worse; neither could the flagrant political posturing.

It is important to realize what a full repeal of this bill would mean. The Medicare prescription “doughnut hole,” would remain open, once again placing the burden of full payment on our seniors. People with pre-existing medical conditions, including cancer patients, could once again be denied the possibility obtaining affordable care.  

According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the federal deficit would increase by $210 billion. 3.8 million Pennsylvanians have already used a free preventative service provided by the Affordable Care Act -- this would cease.

These popular benefits and many other reforms the ACA brings must not be repealed.

Beyond being bad policy, this push to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a meaningless political game.

During their time in the minority, these Republicans remarked that health care was the wrong priority, and that Congress should be focusing on other job creation measures. Yet during their time in the majority, Republicans have voted thirty-two times to repeal measures contained in this health care law, and they have already voted once for a full repeal.

We know that the Senate will not vote to overturn this law. Now is not the time to engage in these types of useless political games -- now is the time for bold action.

Last week, we saw the best of Congress.  Working across the aisle, Democrats and Republicans passed a Transportation Bill that promises to create or retain 2.9 million jobs in the construction industry, a sector that has been battered in this recession. 

The American people are looking to Congress for more of this job-creating legislation. Let’s hope that they will deliver.


Matt Cartwright is the Democratic nominee for Congress in Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District, which now includes a large portion of Northampton County.

Tom Bennett July 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM
So, the Democrats wasted three years forcing this onorous legislation thru Congress against the will of 75% of the people rather than trying to fix the economy . Repeal legislation meaningless ? I DON"T THINK SO !!!!!!
Frightwingslayer July 12, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Republicans have cost taxpayers about 50 million dollars in their futile attempts to repeal a law that they know they cannot repeal..They are such morons..These are the same low lifes that rant on about cutting the budget..They are pathetic..Where are the jobs Mr. Boehner??? Oh sorry, forgot you are wasting time on abortion legislation you cant pass and repealing a health care bill that will not be repealed..They need to be tarred and feathered..Oh, I forgot, you have no problem spending 650 billion dollars on defense when the rest of the planet combined spends less..Pathetic!!!!!
Tom Bennett July 12, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Michael Wallace July 12, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I do not understand the hate against this bill, the American people are finally seeing through the propaganda of the right-wing politicians and realizing there is a lot of good in the bill, some bad too (no public option, giving more power to private insurance companies who ARE the reason we need this bill) so this political posturing is out of line, why don't they comment on what they what do if they repealed it (specifically) and work on jobs when in session, then if the American people like their replace plan they will be voted in and can do what they like, but this is the same GOP House that has been holding the economy hostage, making millions of Americans suffer, for POLITICAL GAIN.
Jim Gregory July 12, 2012 at 03:31 PM
That's it Mike, in a nutshell. GOP TV (Fox News) has been ranting against the bill since it's inception..The Republicans who ran against it in 2010 completely lied about what was in the bill (Death Panels) and used millions in advertisement to trash it..The Dems, to their discredit, did little to explain the good points. So now most folks, especially those opposed, have no idea what's in the bill. Republicans continue to tell everyone it's a middle class tax increase, which is another bald faced lie. Hopefully, prior to the election, more people will get the truth about the bill. However, until they do, the antipathy towrds the bill will remain.
Tom Bennett July 12, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Just read the Bill . Simply put , the very few things in this bill that have merit are the very things that will raise your rates . Think if you like your plan you can keep it ? Your gullible . Think there is no rationing aka death panels ? Please read the Bill , wake up , come to your senses .
High-On-Lehigh July 13, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Tom, there are no "death panels", never were. Please be so kind as to quote verbatim (Cut and Paste) for us the language in the bill that you "read", that you believe authorizes "Death Panels".
Tom Bennett July 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM
The bill calls for rationing . That aspect and a plethora of other surprises are in store after the election assuming Obama wins re-election . Hopefully that won't happen . Death panels are not specifically mentioned .Even the Democrats aren't stupid enough to call rationing death panels . When I referred to this subject, if you read carefully , the statement was" rationing also known as death panels " , which taps into the popular venacular of those opposed to this economy killing , freedom robbing nonsense . If this bill sticks your not going to like the result .
sherry July 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/health_care_law 53% of people are for appealing this bill 41% of people are not for appealing this bill The majority of people still do NOT want this bill. For me, it is not a game. It is a necessity for our country to survive. I could care less about Dems and Repubs...doesn't matter who passed it and who wants to repeal it. The only thing that does matter is someone will stand up and repeal this bad bill. No citizen should be forced to pay a "tax" or "penalty" if they chose not to purchase an approved health care plan or no plan at all. I don't care what you want to call it, it needs to be repealed.
Kenneth Wildrick July 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Glad to see you actively support the ACA, Matt. It accomplishes so many things, including a modest REDUCTION in health care costs. We need more efficiencies to reduce health care costs further, but repeal will set us back another decade. The penalty/tax is on a very small number of people and only those who expect the rest of us to pay for their care through our own higher premiums. The ACA provides assistance for those who are too "rich" to get medicaid and too poor to buy the insurance, so there's no reason not be insured - we're all in this together and need to approach the needs of our citizenry together for medical care. Everyone needs the care at some point. This is a private insurance-based program, preserving the options many wanted. It promotes innovation through multiple (50) state-driven care organizations & operated by private insurers, a process that will undoubtedly result in new efficiencies. Let's get going on it and make improvements as we identify them - not throw out the baby with the bath water.
Kenneth Wildrick July 13, 2012 at 07:11 PM
BTW, making sure people have ready access to health care is one of the most important aspects of addressing our citizens' needs in a period of economic distress.
Tom Bennett July 13, 2012 at 08:37 PM
If you repeat something enough , maybe, hopefully it will stick . If this bill , which should not be called the affordable care act because it's anything but affordable is allowed to stand it will add almost two trillion to our debt . That alone is reason to repeal . There are much better ways to lower the cost of health care. If the Democrats in Congress had taken the time to read and understand what they were doing , I'm not sure this would have happened in the first place . Even the CBO is warning about the killer cost . Certain power hungry folks in Congress want you to believe this is a private ins. based program . Absolutely not true . By the way I have a great used car for sale . AC could work better , needs tires , BUT it's a time machine ! Only two trillion or best offer .
Tom Bennett July 13, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Correction , the ACA is supossed to start out as private ins based but as employers realize how costly this will be they will drop the coverage and buy into the government plan . We will have single payer within a very few years and you won't like it . That's the truth and we need to wake up . PLEASE .
Daryl Nerl (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 09:17 PM
But you are willing to be "forced" to buy car insurance and home owners insurance at the risk of a penalty? Who continues to pay for the uninsured when they inevitably land in the emergency room? Right now, we all do. This bill changes that. The fact is, a majority of Americans wanted health care reform of some kind before the 2008 election. As people learn more and more about what's really in the bill, instead of the lies they've been told, the opinion has been shifting again toward keeping it.
Kenneth Wildrick July 14, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Tom, please see the CBO report of 3/16/12 (you can find it by internet search) which demonstrates the "net cost to the federal government of all the provisions of the ACA" is a REDUCTION in expenditures (bottom graph). That is not to say that it is enough cost reduction, but a repeal of the ACA would result in a return to the unfettered RISES we've seen over the last decade. Secondly, the main components are, in fact, based primarily on private insurers. They will be forming competing Accountable Care Organizations developed in accord with individual STATE plans. The system, thus will provide an incentive to control costs as patients make choices between plans. Some businesses will likely opt out but patients will have choices, including a federal plan if states abrogate their responsibility to have their own. As I mentioned before, there is graduated support for those who need it to buy the insurance - means testing! You might wish to vote for state legislators who work on your behalf to implement good programs under the ACA, rather than a state leave you to a federal plan, which you seem to fear. For my part, my federal plan, called Medicare, is fantastic insurance, is well-run, comprehensive, and has resulted in universal coverage for seniors. I hope for the same for the rest of our citizens.
Tom Bennett July 14, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Glad to see some supporters of the ACA have really given it some serious thought , which means the right arguments may yet sway them . Ken Wildrick is right . My biggest fear is having everyone left with a federal one payer plan . That's the end game in the minds of those that seek to control every aspect of our lives . Medicare , primarily medicare advantage is in trouble under this bill . Your payment for medicare is going to take some nasty increases in the next few years because taxing those that don't buy their own plan won't come close to paying for all the folks that will be put on medicaid . Free market competition is the way to go .
Tom Bennett July 14, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Ken, by the way the lastest CBO report will be released July 23 . with the ramifications of the SCOTUS decision . Let's all mark the date .


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