K Street Weighs In on Health Care Repeal Vote
Updated: 2:50 p.m.
As the House debates repealing the 2010 health care law, influence groups on both sides of the issue have begun to weigh in. Here's a look at their arguments:
From the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Now that the Supreme Court's historic decision erases any doubt that the federal government has the constitutional authority to expand and improve access to health services for millions of people who otherwise would be denied the care they need, it is time for policymakers to work together in a bipartisan way to make the ACA's promise of more affordable and accessible health care a reality for millions of Americans.
From the conservative Heritage Action for America:
Not only have premiums gone up, but the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reevaluated the cost of the bill and found that their initial estimate of $940 billion was woefully inaccurate, and that the true cost of the bill was at least $1.76 trillion (other estimates put that number even higher). ... Congress should repeal this law in its entirety to stop the spending, taxes, mandates and regulations from further crippling our economy.
From the Service Employees International Union:
Among the 9 million Hispanics who are at risk under the GOP's threat to repeal the Affordable Care Act are about 750,000 young Hispanics who would lose coverage under their parents' plans and almost 4 million elderly and disabled Hispanics who are now eligible for expanded preventive care under the act.
From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which supports repeal:
Regrettably, the health care legislation approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010 remains inconsistent with advancing a practical and meaningful solution to health care reform. The law does little to achieve one of the primary goals of health care reform: to "bend the health care cost curve downwards."
From the National Retail Federation:
While we support the repeal of the ACA, we also continue to work with regulators to ease and delay implementation until appropriate and necessary guidance is developed and issued.