FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2013
Edwards: Upton Bill is Another Attempt to Repeal Affordable Care Act
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) denounced the ‘Upton Bill’ today as the 46th attempt by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Care Plan of 2013 Act, would “raise premiums significantly” by returning to an insurance marketplace that discriminates against pre-existing conditions, restores annual caps on coverage, and forces women to pay more than men for the same coverage.
“The Upton Bill is a Trojan Horse that aims to undermine, dismantle, and repeal the Affordable Care Act. This disingenuous legislation has nothing to do with providing Americans access to quality health care. Instead, by allowing non-ACA-compliant, substandard plans into the marketplace indefinitely, Republicans would once more subject 100 million Americans to lifetime limits on their health coverage and the probability that these substandard plans will not provide the coverage consumers deserve when they need it most. Republicans would deprive 30 million women of screenings like mammograms. Republicans would repeal coverage for pre-existing conditions for 17 million children.
“The physical and financial well-being of the American people would suffer significantly if we allow a return to the status quo of substandard insurance coverage that left 48 million people without access to affordable, accessible, quality health care. The 800,000 Marylanders without insurance deserve quality health care coverage, and they need it now.”