COMMENTARY: Ending Obamacare with no replacement will cause chaos

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat who represents the Fourth Congressional District, said in a press release last week that Republican threats to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without first designing a replacement could lead to chaos.

He released the following statement on the passage of the FY 2017 Budget Resolution by the House of Representatives last week:

“Today, the House of Representatives took its first step leaving 20 million Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents, without health insurance. At the same time, the House Majority also voted to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, a move that makes the health and wellbeing of women subordinate to baseless ideology.

“Repealing the Affordable Care Act with no replacement creates chaos and frightening uncertainty in the lives of those who rely on it and leaves our nurses, doctors, hospitals and insurance industry facing an unknown future. It will explode the national debt, adding $9 trillion over 10 years, throwing any semblance of fiscal responsibility out the window. As the poor, the sick and the vulnerable are left to fend for themselves, we are failing to live up to the ideals upon which our country was founded.

“Those who voted to gut these programs today see only large government and, in their eyes, government is always the enemy. It is to be crippled, defeated and discredited. This is a dangerous worldview. In truth, the Affordable Care Act and health service providers like Planned Parenthood are about people. Your neighbors. Your family.

“I’ve received an outpouring of support from across my district from people whose lives have been changed for the better by the Affordable Care Act. I heard from people who were able to find insurance for the first time in their lives because they had a pre-existing medical condition; keep their child on their insurance until they were 26; get life-saving surgery they couldn’t have afforded without the ACA; and live out a dream to start a new business because they weren’t tied to their old company’s insurance.

“Over the coming months, I’ll fight as hard as I can to stop the dismantling of the ACA. This is about protecting our fellow Americans from sickness, bankruptcy and death. I will always make that my priority.”

—Submitted by the office of Congressman Jim Himes

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  • fedup

    You are one disingenuous fool. If you are going to represent the people then start by giving them the facts. Unless you’ve had your head in the ground, or other dark places, you’d understand that 1) Obamacare is a complete and total failure; 2) if nothing is done it collapses of its own weight; and 3) no honest reporting is saying anything will be repealed without a replacement. Your votes on this one issue should have disqualified you from office. The entirety of the program was built on lies – premiums are skyrocketing; deductibles for those in Obamacare and those getting coverage through employers are now so high that insurance really only amounts to catastrophic coverage. It has done nothing to solve the problem of unisured showing up at emergency rooms for routine matters. Those folks still can’t pay the bill leaving the hospital to pass along those costs to those that can.

    Perhaps you’ve forgotten that your leader, Mrs. Pelosi famously said “you’ve got to pass it before you know what’s inside it” but this impacted voter and many others have not. If you had done your job and properly represented what was in the best interests of your constituents instead of towing the party line like the political hack you are, perhaps you’d have more credibility on this subject. Sadly for those of us in the 4th District you don’t and rightfully you will be ignored on this and many other issues in the coming years.

    As Obama himself once said “you lost”.

  • ThinkAboutIt

    If the Affordable Care Act is supposed to make health insurance ‘affordable’, why are 85% of recipients receiving subsidies to be enrolled (paid for by taxpayers)?

  • Mary Silvers

    Republicans have railed against Obamacare for years and also voted many times to repeal it. Sadly, they have never said what they will do to replace it. Of course, Republicans agree that people with pre-existing conditions should not be denied coverage and children up the age of 26 should be able to remain on their parent’s plan. Instead of completely repealing it, Republicans should have said they want to fix it but that’s not what they said. Now, the ball is in their court so let’s see what they will do. I hope the 20 million people who are on Obamacare will not lose their benefits.

  • LucasJackson3750

    It is not now and has never been the responsibility of the federal government to provide health insurance coverage for anyone. Please remove the idea from your head that this is a federal government function.

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