Dingell: Defunding the Affordable Care Act is Not Legislating


Date: March 30, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI15) issued the following statement today at the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing titled, "True Cost of PPACA: Effects on the Budget and Jobs":

"Today, nearly four months into the 112th Congress, this Committee is holding yet another political show for the benefit of pundits here inside the Beltway.

"It is abundantly clear that without major reform to our health system the status quo is unsustainable. After hard decisions, hours of debate and deliberation, Congress passed and the President signed the Affordable Care Act.

"Defunding the Affordable Care Act is not legislating. This is like taking an eraser to an answer on a test, and then leaving it blank because you don't have a better solution.

"If my friends on the other side of the aisle want to defend the nation's bottom line, then why did they offer H.R. 2 repealing the Affordable Care and increasing the federal deficit by $210 billion?

"If my friends on the other side of the aisle want to create jobs, why repeal the Affordable Care Act which will add 400,000 jobs a year for the next 10 years?

"American families need help now. They need protection from insurance companies dropping their coverage, they need help in providing health coverage for their college students, and they need help to afford their prescriptions under Medicare-- these are all real solutions ACA provides to families today and solutions my friends on the other side of the aisle would repeal and replace with nothing.

"Thank you."

Congressman Dingell has for years been a leading advocate for health care reform and believes the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit, expand access to health insurance, lower the cost of coverage, and improve the quality of care. He continues vigorous oversight in the 112th Congress to see that the implementation of and funding for the Affordable Care Act law, of which he is the author, are done in a fully fair manner that benefits all Americans.