News from Congressman Gary Ackerman5th District – New YorkQueens & Long Island
November 23, 2010Contact: Jordan Goldes, 718-423-2154
ACKERMAN CHALLENGES REPUBLICANS TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP ONHEALTH CARE
Congressman to introduce series of bills to repeal key provisions of the new health insurance law Dares Republicans to vote for them
Seeking to call the GOP’s bluff, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) announced today that he willintroduce a series of bills to repeal key parts of the new health insurance reform law during nextweek’s lame-duck session of Congress.Ackerman, who voted in favor of the new law and continues to strongly support the measure,wants to give some of his colleagues the opportunity to meet their commitment to vote to repealit.“This will be the big chance for Republicans to do what they’ve vowed to do,” said Ackerman.“These bills will be their chance to at long last restore liberty and repeal the evil monster they’vedubbed ‘Obamacare.’”Ackerman’s bills, all titled the
Act (Health Insurance Protects America—Can’t RepealIT), are a series of measures that would overturn six of the most important consumer protectionsof the health care law. These key provisions include: not denying coverage to adults and childrenbecause of pre-existing conditions, prohibiting annual and lifetime caps, banning plans fromdropping those who get sick and allowing children to remain on the policies of their parents untilage 26.“These are great safeguards that improve coverage for all Americans,” added Ackerman.“Republicans wouldn’t dare vote to do away with them despite their campaign pledge to do so.But I’m calling them out on it, and dare the GOP to vote for these bills.”The following is a letter on the bills that Ackerman has begun circulating to his fellow Members ofCongress.--------------------------------
Go ahead, make my day. Become a cosponsor.
Dear Colleague:There’s been a lot of tough talk recently about repealing the health-care insurance reform law.Now, it’s time to put up, or sit down. So, you want to repeal the health care law? Here’s six shotsat it: