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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Scott Statement on Opposing Republican Budget Resolution

January 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, spoke on the House Floor today against the Republican budget resolution, which would begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Below is a transcript of his remarks as delivered:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this budget resolution and its intent to compromise the health insurance for all Americans.

“Republicans continue to pursue the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, root and branch, despite the fact that there is no credible plan to deal with the chaos that this repeal will create. 30 million Americans will lose their insurance with the vast majority of those people in working families. There is no plan to protect the other Americans who have enjoyed improved consumer protections and benefits.

“And although the rates have gone up, they’ve gone up at HALF the rate that they had been going up before Obamacare. And most of those in the marketplace don’t even have to pay those increased prices because of increased tax credits.

“And when Republicans talk about repeal and replace, the only thing that is guaranteed is the repeal part. Republicans have shown little interest in producing an alternative. We’ve heard lots of complaints but we have not seen a plan that will make things any better.

“Remember when Medicare was created, most of the Republicans in Congress voted ‘no.’ Republicans in the House have voted numerous times – over 60 times – to repeal some or all of the Affordable Care Act without proposing a credible alternative. And now we have some vague ideas but no plan to deal with the total chaos that will be created if Obamacare is repealed.”

Impact of ACA Repeal for Virginia:

  • More Virginians will be uninsured
    • Nearly 400,000 individuals who have gained coverage could lose it.
    • 22,000 kids who have gained coverage are at risk of having coverage rolled back.
    • 59,000 young adults who were able to stay on a parent’s health insurance plan thanks to the ACA now stand to lose coverage.
  • Virginia will see a decline in federal funds and jobs
    • Virginia would lose over 50,000 jobs in 2019.
    • Gross state product would fall by $1.5 trillion between 2019 and 2023.

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