Friday, January 7, 2011

Statement from Health Care for All NY on upcoming vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2011

For More Information:
Elisabeth Benjamin (917) 364-3332
Bob Cohen (518) 265-6183

STATEMENT ON H.R. 2 ("Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act")
TO RESCIND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (PL 111-148, PL 111-152)

Consumer Advocates Decry Threat to Health Care Reform in New York

Health Care for All New York (HCFANY), the state's largest consumer health care
advocacy coalition, condemns any move to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a
direct threat to affordable, quality health care for all New Yorkers. HCFANY calls on our
state's Congressional delegation to spurn these political tactics to obstruct health reform.

New York desperately needs comprehensive, fundamental health care reform, and we
stand ready to work with Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders to make that happen
over the next four years. The ACA offers New York a good platform to build on toward
that goal, along with desperately needed additional resources.

Since the passage of the ACA, thousands of New Yorkers – working families, senior
citizens, people with disabilities, people with pre-existing conditions, and young adults -
have gained coverage or more health security. Millions more have gained enhanced and
no-cost preventive care to keep them and their families healthy and productive. The State
has re-established a process to review health insurance premium rate increases to protect
consumers from unwarranted and unjustified prices. Communities are moving forward to
expand local health centers which provide access to affordable primary care services.
Many small businesses are now eligible for tax credits to help them provide coverage for
their workers. Finally, the state has established a consumer assistance program that
provides help to New Yorkers who need coverage and care through a network of non-
profit, community-based organizations,

Repealing the ACA would have devastating effects and threaten our state's entire health
care system. For example, new data released by the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services shows that in New York:

  • 77,800 young adults would lose insurance through their parents' health plans.
  • More than 10 million New Yorkers would once again be subject to lifetime benefit limits on their insurance policies, putting them at risk for medical bankruptcy.
  • Nearly 2.9 million seniors with Medicare would no longer get a free annual check-up, and would have to pay co-pays for preventative services.
  • 192,596 seniors who hit the Medicare "donut hole" would lose a 50% discount on brand-name prescription drugs, forcing them to bear the full burden of high prescription drug costs.
  • New York would lose precious additional resources needed to regulate unreasonable insurance rate increases, support a statewide consumer assistance program, and build a competitive and easy-to-use health insurance Exchange.

Quality, affordable health care is not a partisan or ideological issue for New York's
working families, but rather a very real matter that millions struggle with on a daily basis,
with real world consequences: stress, illness, and bankruptcy. We call on Congress to set
aside political gamesmanship and instead support efforts by New York to address our
state's pressing health care crisis.


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About Health Care For All New York (HCFANY)
HCFANY is a coalition of more than 100 groups in New York State who are working to achieve quality
affordable health care for all New Yorkers. For more information, visit www.hcfany.org

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