“Thank You Representatives Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter for Standing Up to the Big Health Insurance Companies and Fighting for Affordable Health Care for All New Hampshire Families”
Washington D.C. – Americans United for Change applauded U.S. Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter for helping pass the Affordable Health Care Act for America in the U.S. House late Saturday – sweeping health insurance reform legislation that will cover 96 percent of the American people, make coverage more affordable for all Americans, strengthen Medicare, and finally put an end to the indefensible health insurance industry practices of denying coverage based on “pre-existing conditions” and rescinding policies when Americans get sick and need it most.
Tom McMahon, Acting Executive Director, Americans United for Change: “A year ago this week, President Obama and Congressional Democrats won an overwhelming election victory with the promise of a new direction in America, especially when it came to spiraling health care costs, the thousands of Americans each day joining the millions without health insurance – and the thousands dying each year because of it. Today, New Hampshire families are closer than ever to realizing long-overdue health insurance reform thanks to Representatives like Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter who stood up to the big health insurance industry and said ‘yes’ to guaranteeing all Americans access to quality and affordable health care. With the passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, we are a giant step closer to ensuring that “pre-existing conditions” becomes a phrase of the past and that health insurance companies finally face real competition with a public option, driving costs down and quality up for all.
“It’s amazing to think that many of our government’s most popular success stories like Medicare and Social Security were born out of the same political struggles that health care reform faces today. We need only look at history to know which side of history Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter will be on: the right one.
“Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are oddly patting themselves on the back for flatly rejecting the wishes of the clear majority of the American people as well as the AARP, the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association and many others by standing shoulder-to-shoulder in opposition. The Party of NO seem to think there’s political points to be scored by putting the profits of the big insurance companies ahead of the American families watching their premiums go up four times faster than wages. The Party of NO prefers the status quo where health insurance companies reward their CEO tens of millions of dollars for doing unscrupulous things to maximize profits, like rescinding policies when people get seriously sick. The Party of NO chose to play games, offering a joke of an alternative bill that covers almost no one and lets insurers keep denying Americans with such “pre-existing conditions” as being a victim of domestic abuse or once having had a C-section. The only thing Republicans seem to be serious about is guaranteeing more big checks from the big health insurance industry by proposing no real reform at all.”
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Americans United for Change is a 501c4 issue-advocacy organization founded in 2005 to help defeat President Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security. Since then, Americans United has waged numerous media campaigns to move forward a progressive agenda in Congress, from expanding children’s health care to millions of kids in need, to ending the war in Iraq, to investing in the clean energy jobs of the future, to passing major health insurance reform including a public option.