Sires Votes to Uphold Women's Health Care Choices
(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Congressman Sires voted to oppose legislation that would place restrictions on how women with private health insurance can spend their own money when purchasing health insurance. While Congressman Sires voted against the legislation, H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 242 to 179.
"The American people expect Congress to focus on creating jobs and strengthening the middle class, not proposals that roll back health care rights for women. This misconstrued bill will result in millions of women having restricted access to comprehensive health coverage due to limitations placed on what kind of health plans women can purchase for coverage with their own money," stated Congressman Sires.
Specifically, H.R. 7 would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for abortion or abortion coverage and ban individuals and small businesses from receiving federal subsidies and tax credits under the 2010 health care law to purchase health care plans that cover abortions. Due to the Hyde Amendment, federal funding of abortions is currently prohibited and women purchasing plans with abortion coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace must already use their own private money for such coverage. The legislation would also undermine the District of Columbia's home rule by preventing D.C. from using its own funds to provide abortion services.
"The Affordable Care Act is working to provide affordable coverage to millions of Americans mainly because of the premium assistance tax credit. Should this bill become law, women would lose the economic incentive to purchase comprehensive coverage and as a result, their health would be jeopardized and their health care options severely limited," expressed Congressman Sires.
H.R. 7 now awaits action in the Senate.