Rep. Waxman Releases Top Ten List of Republican Efforts to Undermine and Obstruct the Affordable Care Act

Aug 1, 2013

On the day before Republicans cast their 40th vote to repeal key protections against insurance company abuses in the Affordable Care Act, Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released a memorandum prepared by Democratic Committee staff listing ten ways Republicans have undermined and obstructed implementation of the law.

The memo finds that Republican leaders at the state and federal levels have acted in an unprecedented fashion to undermine the Affordable Care Act.  Nonpartisan analysts have accused Republicans of trying to “sabotage” the law.

“The law has become the Republicans’ great white whale.  They will stop at nothing to kill it,” said Rep. Waxman.  “Republican leaders’ obstructionist policies will prevent millions of their poorest constituents from receiving health insurance coverage.”

Republican leaders have acted to undermine the Affordable Care Act by:

• Casting 40 votes to repeal the law, futile efforts that have done nothing but create uncertainty and confusion in the mind of the public about the law’s implementation.
• Refusing to expand Medicaid coverage in over 20 states, preventing millions of Americans from receiving health insurance coverage.
• Refusing to establish state-based health insurance marketplaces, complicating HHS efforts to implement the law and “increas[ing] federal involvement in … state affairs.”
• Undermining enrollment in health insurance marketplaces via a multimillion-dollar campaign to “dissuade uninsured Americans from obtaining health coverage.”
• Refusing to provide funding requested by the Obama Administration to implement the law.
• Attacking efforts to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act.
• Intimidating potential participants in public education efforts about the law.
• Insisting that the Affordable Care Act be defunded as a condition of preventing a government shutdown.
• Threatening to deny basic, Affordable Care Act-related constituent service requests from citizens who request help with understanding or signing up for health insurance benefits under the law.
• Misinforming citizens about the impact of health care reform on insurance premiums, leading many to believe that premiums will skyrocket by failing to provide accurate assessments of the true costs in 2014.

The complete 14-page memorandum detailing the Republican efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act is available online here.