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Lungren hears from group opposing vote

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by HCAN California in Fight Repeal

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 Tateishi said he and Lungren believe the law must be repealed to reduce the burden on businesses and to find a way to solve the health care crisis without mandates.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.”

Tell us how the health care law has helped you!

Posted on January 13th, 2011 by HCAN California in Fight Repeal

Yesterday, the House of Representatives had planned to vote on HR 2, the Republicans’ bill calling for the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Due to the tragic incident that took place earlier this week in Tucson Arizona, the vote has been postponed.

Republicans were right to postpone a vote on repeal in light of this tragedy, but a vote on repeal of the new federal health care law will take place as early as next Wednesday (January 19)! The new Republican majority may tone down the rhetoric until then but will still pursue their strategy of “repeal and replace” — starting with next week’s vote on the repeal bill.

When it comes to our health care, House Republicans are standing with big insurance companies and other corporations - NOT CONSUMERS WHO ARE BENEFITING FROM THE LAW ALREADY!

In addition to expanding access to quality, affordable care for millions of Californians, the federal health law also goes a long way towards strengthening the economy and protecting consumers from the insurance industry and their Wall Street profits. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), repealing the new law would in fact increase the national deficit by $230 billion!1

With a vote taking place next week, it’s imperative that we send a clear and resounding message to Congress that California will not stand by as opponents try to dismantle our health care! 

That’s why we want to hear from you!

The Republican repeal effort is moving forward - and we need to counter their cries for “repeal and replace” by showing REAL STORIES from REAL CALIFORNIANS who have already benefited from the provisions included in the new law!

We want to hear from:

  • Young adults up to age 26 (or parents of young adults) who are now on their parents insurance plans
  • Parents of children with pre-existing conditions who were not able to buy coverage prior to this year but have - or are planning to buy - coverage now
  • Seniors who pay into the Medicare Part D “donut-hole”
  • Small business owners who provide insurance to their employees
  • Anyone who in the past year has lost coverage when they got sick or needed it the most

If you’ve got a story and want to share it - let us know! Click here to submit your story TODAY!

Your stories will go a long way in demonstrating to lawmakers, the media and the public at large just what “repeal & replace” will really look like! At the end of the day, an effort to repeal the federal health care law hurts us all!