Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, issued a statement today condemning repeal of the health care reform bill passed last year. Congress began debate today on the "Repealing the Job Killing Health Care Law Act." According to AACF, repealing the law would have a negative impact on the children of this state.
...it is disappointing that repealing health reform is at the top of Speaker Boehner's agenda for the new Congress. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, health reform will not only reduce the budget deficit in the next ten years by more than $100 billion, it also will ensure that an estimated 32 million Americans who are uninsured or underinsured can get high quality, affordable health coverage they can rely on.
Speaker Boehner is right. American families are still suffering because our health care system is broken. However, the Affordable Care Act is a responsible and cost-effective investment in the health and health care of every American. Repealing health reform would turn back the clock, especially for our nation's children. If you care about the American Dream, investing in and protecting the health of our nation's children isn't just the right thing to do. It's one of the best investments we can make as a nation.