March 24, 2017 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, as we talk about the Affordable Care Act, I think it is important to remind ourselves of the situation before it passed: costs were going through the roof, those with preexisting conditions could not get insurance, women were paying more than men, and every year millions of people were losing their insurance. We passed the Affordable Care Act. Since then, the costs have continued to go up, but at the lowest rate in 50 years. Those with preexisting conditions can get insurance at the standard rate. Women are no longer paying more than men. Instead of millions of people losing their insurance every year, more than 20 million more people now have insurance. The full name of the Affordable Care Act is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
March 22, 2017 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, today we are considering a bill that purports to make it easier for small businesses to obtain coverage, and tomorrow we will vote on a bill that will take away health insurance coverage for 24 million Americans and force everyone else to pay more for less. So not only are we considering a bill today that will make things worse, we are considering it a day before we vote on ruining health security for working families in order to provide tax cuts for the wealthy. As we debate the possible replacement of the Affordable Care Act, I think it is instructive that we look back at what the situation was before the ACA passed. Listening to some, you would think that the costs weren't going up at all. In fact, costs were going through the roof before the ACA, and small businesses, particularly, were having spectacular cost increases--and that is until somebody got sick. At that point, you were unlikely to be able to afford any insurance at all.
March 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the White House released an outline of its Fiscal Year 2018 budget priorities, known as the “skinny budget.” “This budget proposal is yet another broken promise from the Administration to the American people. Cutting $54 billion from programs that help protect and support working families to learn and earn is no way to grow the national economy or put people back to work. Working families deserve a budget that invests in their health and futures, boosts wages, helps them balance work and family life, and levels the playing field for them and their children to succeed. President Trump’s budget proposal eliminates and reduces vital programs for students, teachers, and workers that will endanger public education, make college less affordable, and reduce the availability of workforce training
March 13, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office announced that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured under the Republicans’ Pay More For Less bill. "The Congressional Budget Office has confirmed what we already knew - that millions of Americans would lose access to affordable health insurance under the Republican plan. This proposal was put together without considering the fundamental principles of arithmetic. By skewing the tax credits toward higher income families, it only shifts costs onto those living paycheck to paycheck.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, March 13, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will meet with hospital administrators, doctors, and nurses to discuss federal health care policy and the American Healthcare Act, which is the House Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Each meeting is closed to the press, but there will be a media availability following each event at approximately 11:15 am and 3:15 pm.
March 9, 2017 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Chair, I rise in opposition to H.R. 985. In addition to the legislation's many problems that have already been mentioned by my colleagues, I am particularly concerned about what the bill does in the so-called FACT Act, which will have a devastating impact on workers exposed to asbestos. I am acutely aware of the devastating impact that asbestos exposure has on working men and women in this country because I represent an area with several shipyards. In the last few decades, in my district alone, several thousand local shipyard workers have developed asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma from asbestos exposure that occurred between the 1940s and 1970s. Hundreds of these workers have already died, and asbestos deaths and disabilities are continuing due to the long latency period associated with this illness.
March 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, received the 2017 Congressional Voice for Children Award at the National PTA Legislative Conference. The award honors outstanding leadership and commitment to improving education and advancing issues impacting children’s health and well-being. “I am honored to receive the Congressional Voice for Children Award from National PTA,” said Congressman Scott. “PTA members in Virginia and across the nation work every day to ensure that every child has access to a safe learning environment and a great public school. I look forward to our continued partnership to ensure that Congress hears the voices of parents, teachers and communities in support of public education.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) submitted the following testimony to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development highlighting the need to fund certain programs that will directly impact the 3rd Congressional District of Virginia. “Good morning, and thank you Chairman Simpson, Ranking Member Kaptur, and Members of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development for allowing me this time to discuss some of the priorities I believe should be reflected in the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018.
March 7, 2017 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I don't blame the gentleman. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss the Affordable Care Act. As we discuss this, as he has indicated, it helps a little bit to talk about what the situation was before the Affordable Care Act passed. We knew that costs were going through the roof. We knew that those with preexisting conditions, if they could get insurance, would have to pay a lot more for that insurance. We knew that women were paying more for insurance than men. We knew that millions of people every year were losing insurance. That is what was going on before.
March 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Republicans finally released their proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act: “The Republican bill to repeal the ACA is fundamentally flawed, because it purports to cover pre-existing conditions without an individual mandate. In states that have tried this, the markets have gone into total chaos. Furthermore, the tax credits proposed are likely to be insufficient for low-income working families, leaving millions worse off than they are today. When CBO ultimately scores this legislation, it will likely find that costs will go up and the number of people covered will go down."