Letter to the Senate Opposing an Amendment by Senator McConnell to Repeal the Affordable Health Care Act
February 02, 2011
On behalf of the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA), we urge you to vote NO on an amendment to be offered by Senator McConnell to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Even if there are some provisions of the ACA that need to be fixed or amended, repealing the entire law is not the answer.
NEA members across the country see first-hand every day the importance of access to health care for children’s success in school. Students simply cannot learn unless they come to school healthy. Families with access to regular medical care are more likely to keep the entire family healthy and create a better learning environment within the home.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act would be devastating to millions of children and their families.
It would take away:
- Coverage from 32 million Americans who would be uninsured without the new law, including many students sitting in NEA members’ classrooms every day;
- The freedom from worrying about losing insurance or having it capped if someone gets sick;
- Freedom from fear of insurance companies raising premiums by double digits with no recourse or accountability;
- Freedom from discrimination of denied coverage because you happen to be a woman who is pregnant or a child with disabilities;
- The right for parents to continue to cover their children on their health policies until age 26.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, repeal would explode the national deficit, increasing it by $230 billion in the first decade.
We urge you to stand up for the millions of children and adults who would be greatly harmed by repeal and VOTE NO on the McConnell amendment.
Director of Government Relations
Manager of Federal Advocacy
*Votes associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 112th Congress.