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Letter to House Opposing the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (H.R. 45)

May 14, 2013

Dear Representative: 

On behalf of the 3 million members of the National Education Association (NEA), we urge you to vote NO on the Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 45).  Votes associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 113th Congress. 

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. 

The effects of H.R. 45 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 being denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions.  17 million children no longer face coverage denials due to a pre-existing condition;
  • 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.  3.1 million young adults have already received coverage through their parents’ plans because dependent coverage was extended through age 26. 

We urge you to stand up for the millions of children and adults who would be greatly harmed by repeal and VOTE NO on H.R. 45. 

Sincerely, 

Mary Kusler
Director of Government Relations