On Wednesday, in advance of the House of Representatives’ scheduled vote on the GOP-introduced “repeal bill” (HR2), constituents, activists and supporters of the Affordable Care and Protection Act organized press-conferences in Los Angeles and Sacramento to share their personal stories of how they and their loved ones have benefited already from important early provisions under the Federal health care law.
Check out the story below from the Stockton Record on Wednesday’s event in Sacramento:
By The Record
January 20, 2011 12:00 AM
The national health care debate spilled over Wednesday into the lobby of the Gold River office of Republican Rep. Dan Lungren.
Lungren’s chief of staff, Peter Tateishi, met with what he said were about 20 people who support the health care law and oppose repeal. “I was happy to hear their comments and concerns, and I’ve already relayed them to Congressman Lungren,” Tateishi said.
Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access America, was part of the group. Wright said his group estimates that 3,400 young adults in the 3rd Congressional District receive coverage thanks to the law.
The discussion did not change views on either side. Tateishi said he and Lungren believe the law must be repealed to reduce the burden on businesses and to find a way to solve the health care crisis without mandates. Lungren is the author of a bill that would repeal a section of the law that requires businesses to report for tax purposes virtually any purchase.
Lungren joined Republicans in a 245-189 party-line vote to repeal the legislation.
Reps. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, and Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater, voted against the repeal.
McNerney spoke on the House floor before the vote. “The law will drive down the cost of health care by encouraging and incentivizing quality care and good outcomes,” McNerney said.
In a written statement, Cardoza said, “Repealing health-care reform would mean sick children could be denied coverage by health insurance companies.”