Payne Urges Republicans to Help Improve ACA Rather Than Work to Ensure It Fails

Nov 14, 2013 Issues: Health Care

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) took to the House Floor to urge his Republican colleagues to work with Democrats to make the Affordable Care Act a success, rather than work overtime to see that it fails. Rep. Payne, Jr. said that millions of Americans could benefit from access to affordable, quality care, but instead of working to improve the law, Republicans are purely motivated by selfish political agendas and have become obsessed with making the law fail. 

Rep. Payne, Jr. said:

“For millions of Americans, the dream of access to affordable health care is becoming a reality thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Over 2.2 million New Jerseyans have already gained access to free preventative care. Insurance premiums will lower by 20 percent in 2014. Seniors on Medicare already received a 50 percent savings on their prescription drugs.  And more than 70,000 young adults in New Jersey are able to see a doctor because they can stay on their parents’ insurance.

“Sadly though, out of purely selfish political motivation, my Republican colleagues are obsessed with making this bill fail and are working overtime to take away the benefits millions of people are already enjoying. I challenge my Republican colleagues to channel that same energy into making the law work so that millions can get the life-saving care that they deserve.

“Look around your districts.  How many of your constituents could benefit from access to life-saving health care?  To free cancer screenings and reduced prescription drug costs?

“They don’t need a 47th or 48th or 49th vote to repeal the law. They need the affordable, quality care that the ACA provides, and they are counting on their leaders to make it work, not work against them to make it fail.”