Kirkpatrick statement on Upton vote, ACA rollout
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., released the following statement about today’s vote on H.R. 3350 (Upton bill) and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces:
“The stunning ineptitude of the ACA marketplace rollout is more than a public relations disaster. It is a disaster for the working families in my Arizona district who badly need quality, affordable health care.
“I have often said that the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, and I am willing to work across the aisle to improve it. This is why I voted in July for a one-year extension for small businesses and individuals to comply with ACA requirements.
“But today, I voted against H.R. 3350, the Upton bill, because it would neither fix nor improve the ACA. It would raise premiums and undermine market reform – by discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, restoring annual caps on care, and forcing women to pay more than men for the same coverage.
“Lost in all the partisan noisemaking are the people who have been waiting years for quality, affordable health care. Thousands of them are in my Arizona district. Millions of others are across the country. They elected us to solve problems, so let’s stop playing games and start finding solutions.”