Bordallo Critical of GOP Vote to Repeal Obama Healthcare Program


Guam – Congresswoman Madelline Bordallo is critical of the GOP controlled House vote to repeal the Obama Health Care plan saying the Republicans have offered no alternative to the underlying problems of the nations healthcare system.

The republican controlled U.S. House Thursday approved a measure to repeal the Patients Rights Act by a vote of  246 to 189. The measure now moves onto the Democrat controlled Senate where Majority Leader Harry Reid has vowed to block it.

In a release, Congresswoman Bordallo said the GOP vote would “rescind patient protections” and reverse all reform efforts enacted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

In particular she pointed out that the GOP repeal measure would

* remove the prohibition of insurance companies from dropping individuals who become sick.

* remove the provision that prohibits insurance companies from denying insurance coverage to those with preexisting conditions.

* revert the age at which young adults could remain on their parents’ health insurance plans to 22 from 26 years old now.

* and deny seniors a 50% discount on prescription drugs.

The release quotes Bordallo as saying :

“The new Republican majority fulfilled their pledge to repeal health care reform without offering an alternative that would address the underlying problems in our nation’s health care system.”

“We hope that the focus will now shift to improving the current law by amending the provisions that have raised concerns.  If there is repeal and no replacement, the increases for Guam that would phase out our Medicaid caps will be lost.”