Lipinski Votes for Resolution Calling for Fixes to Flawed Health Care Law
Acting on his strong belief that Congress must fix the many problems with the health care reform law, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) voted today in favor of H. Res. 9, which directs various committees to draft selected health care reform measures. While the resolution is non-binding and does not fulfill the Republicans’ pledge to “repeal and replace” the health care law, it does provide a path toward making such changes as lowering costs through increased competition and choice as well as prohibiting taxpayer funding for abortion. At a time when partisan divisions risk leading to gridlock over health care, such opportunities must be seized upon.
“I voted against the health care law last March because it is not fiscally sustainable, does little to reduce costs for most Americans, threatens seniors’ access to care by cutting Medicare funding, and permits federal funding for abortion,” Congressman Lipinski said. “It’s extremely important that we take action to fix these problems, while keeping in place some of the good parts of the law, such as banning lifetime and annual limits on coverage, extending coverage for dependents on their parents’ health plans, and banning discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.
“The fact is that the Senate will not consider the Republican repeal bill the House voted on yesterday. That is all the more reason to press forward with developing legislation to fix our broken system in which middle-class Americans continue to struggle with skyrocketing health care costs. Both parties need to work together, listen to the American people, and agree on solutions that are capable of commanding the support of a broad majority. Doing so will enable us to replace the law with health care reform that expands coverage to more Americans and reins in health care costs without bankrupting taxpayers, without threatening coverage for seniors, and without changing the status quo prohibiting the federal funding of abortion.”
Yesterday, in keeping with his call for bipartisan efforts to fix the health care law, Congressman Lipinski voted against the Republican bill to repeal the law because it did not contain a replacement plan, contrary to pledges to “repeal and replace.” The Republican bill did not even allow for a vote on amendments to maintain the beneficial parts of the law.
“The choice should not be all-or-nothing, take-it-or-leave-it – between the prior status quo and the health care law exactly as written,” Congressman Lipinski said. “Even proponents of the law admit it’s not perfect, and even its biggest detractors concede the system we had in place previously needed serious improvement. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass fiscally responsible legislation that makes health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans.”
(January 20, 2011)
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