33 Reasons Why Republicans Shouldn’t Have Voted to Repeal ‘Obamacare’ for the 33rd Time

President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, helping make sure that millions of Americans can finally have health insurance. Since then, Republicans have voted to repeal part or all of Obamacare 33 times.

That’s 33 attempts to scrap health reform without offering a single idea on how to replace the law and still make coverage affordable and more secure. As a leader of the GOP, Mitt Romney has promised to “kill” Obamacare on day one, if elected.

To remind Romney and Republicans of what’s at stake, here are 33 reasons why repealing Obamacare would be bad news for the middle class:

  1. Seniors in the Medicare “doughnut hole” are saving an average of $600 each on prescription drugs.
  2. Many small businesses that provide health insurance are eligible for tax credits that can currently reduce their health care costs by as much as 35 percent, and will increase to 50 percent in 2014.
  3. Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to the up to 17 million kids with pre-existing conditions like Jackson Coffman.
  4. Stacey Lihn and 105 million Americans—including almost 60 percent of people with insurance from their employer—saw a lifetime cap on their coverage lifted.
  5. More than 5 million people with Medicare have saved money on their prescription drugs.
  6. Starting in 2014, being a woman will no longer be considered a pre-existing condition.
  7. The law extends the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund by eight years.
  8. Hospitals have new resources to prevent infections and unnecessary readmissions, which could save $35 billion, and more importantly, 60,000 lives.
  9. Insurance companies have to spend 80 percent of our premiums dollars on actual care, and if they don’t, Americans get a rebate check. This rule will provide nearly 12.8 million Americans with more than $1 billion in rebates this year.
  10. 3.1 million young people like Emily Schlichting who would otherwise be uninsured have coverage under their parents’ plan.
  11. The law is the largest middle-class tax cut for health care in history.
  12. Insurance companies are finally banned from cancelling coverage based on paperwork mistakes.
  13. Seniors with Medicare can now get a free, annual checkup with their doctor.
  14. The National Health Service Corps is now placing more doctors in nurses in communities that need more health care professionals.
  15. More than 67,000 people—many with life-threatening illnesses—have coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.
  16. Doctors and nurses can better coordinate the care they provide.
  17. Soon, if you don’t get coverage at work, you’ll be able to shop in a new Affordable Insurance Exchange.
  18. If you like the health coverage you have, you can keep it.
  19. The law cracks down on Medicare fraud.
  20. If your insurance company tries to deny coverage for treatment you need, you have the right to appeal their decision.
  21. Insurance plans have to cover preventive care for women like mammograms, and soon well-woman visits, without any copays or deductibles.
  22. People with disabilities have better options to get home and community-based care.
  23. Medicare provided more than 6 million free mammograms in 2011 because of Obamacare.
  24. Insurance companies that want to hike up rates have to explain their actions to independent experts.
  25. The Prevention and Public Health Fund is helping states and communities invest in preventing disease before it starts.
  26. The law funds new School Based Health Centers to keep students healthy.
  27. Hundreds of new Community Health Center facilities are being built and renovated because of Obamacare.
  28. Insurance companies have to let you choose a primary care doctor from within the network, and let you see an OB/GYN without a referral.
  29. Regular pediatricians visits and immunizations for your kids are now covered with no copays or deductibles.
  30. Medicare pays primary care providers a new bonus payment so seniors have better access to their doctors.
  31. The law provides new tools to fight health disparities.
  32. A new insurance finder at HealthCare.gov helps families and small businesses find affordable coverage now.
  33. In just eighteen months, all Americans will have access to affordable health care coverage, so 30 million people will gain health insurance.

These are just some of the ways Obamacare is strengthening health coverage. Every time Republicans revel in empty political attacks on health care reform, they trivialize the health and economic security of everyone who needs—and deserves—affordable, quality health care.

House Republicans have wasted your tax dollars with 33 failed attempts to repeal Obamacare. Hold them accountable.

The Facts on Outsourcing

Get this: The party that is preparing to nominate a “pioneer” of American outsourcing to be its presidential nominee is now trying to outsource their problems to us. Republicans are hard at work distorting President Obama’s record of fighting for American jobs.

Here’s the truth: President Obama has always fought for insourcing and leveling the playing field for American workers. His jobs plan would close corporate loopholes, end tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas, and reward companies that create more jobs at home. By creating the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Credit and extending the Production Tax Credit, President Obama is encouraging companies to create jobs here at home. And the President has doubled the rate of trade cases we’ve brought against China to make sure American workers can compete on a level playing field.

Now contrast that with the Romney record: As CEO and owner of Bain Capital, Romney personally profited from investing in companies that shipped American jobs to China and India. As governor, Romney vetoed legislation that would have prevented Massachusetts jobs from being outsourced. And as a candidate, he supports a tax policy that would encourage companies to send our jobs overseas.

There’s only one outsourcer-in-chief, and it’s Mitt Romney.

Things Mitt Romney Failed to Mention to the NAACP

Mitt Romney said this at the NAACP convention today: “If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him.”


But he neglected to mention a few important things during his speech to the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. Like this: He opposed the President’s auto rescue. When the industry was on the brink of collapse, Romney told anyone who would listen that we should “let Detroit go bankrupt,” even though experts have said that would have been “nothing less than catastrophic for African Americans.”

We also didn’t hear anything about how 2.2 million African American familieswould face a tax hike under Romney’s plan while millionaires like himself would get a handsome 25 percent tax cut.

There was no mention of Romney’s plan to slash investments in education or how he’d let college costs spike for millions of African American students—nearly half of whom receive Pell Grants—and leave public school students stranded without a plan to improve their schools.

And while he had the gall to claim the Obama presidency has made it “worse for African Americans in every way,” Romney didn’t mention that President Obama’s Recovery Act helped lift 1.3 million African Americans out of poverty in 2010 alone. Or that President Obama cut taxes for every working family and has put $3,600 back into the pockets of typical middle-class families. Or that when it comes to education, President Obama is boosting our investments in historically black colleges and universities and Pell grants.

Romney’s one honest moment? He told the NAACP that he’d repeal Obamacare—and was soundly booed. That’s because the Affordable Care Act is already covering lifesaving preventive care for 5.5 million African Americans, and when fully implemented, as many as 7 million otherwise uninsured African Americans will have health care.

The guy who is actually working to make things better in the African American community—and not just talking about it—is President Obama.