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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Health Care

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed to provide access to affordable and quality health care to Americans. While not perfect, the ACA provides millions of Americans with access to health care and prohibits those with pre-existing coverage from being denied care.  It also provides consumers with essential health benefits that must be covered by insurance companies, including critical services like mental health and maternity care.  Unfortunately, since taking control of Congress, the Republicans have attacked the ACA and have been determined to strip health protections provided under the ACA.

For example, the Trump Administration denied funding for the cost sharing reductions to health insurers provided under the ACA that has allowed insurers to keep premiums down.  Without these payments, many Americans will see their premiums rise.  Republicans also repealed the provision of the ACA that provided for the responsibility of individuals to obtain health insurance, without this mandate, many individuals, mostly younger and healthier, will forgo insurance which in turn could drive up costs.  The GOP has also made it easier for health insurers to offer very narrow insurance plans that do not cover essential health benefits.

In addition to rolling back protections under the ACA, since taking control of Congress and the White House, Republicans have proposed policies that attack women’s health, as well as Medicaid.  For example, the Administration has allowed for employers to opt out of offering coverage that includes birth control and has continuously proposed to eliminate funding for critical family planning centers like Planned Parenthood.  In every budget proposal, Republicans have planned to turn Medicaid into a block grant program and opened the door for states to put extreme restrictions on Medicaid beneficiaries, including work requirements.  Both proposals mean less coverage for the most vulnerable. They have also used critical federal health programs, like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers, as political bargaining chips in budget discussions. 

I vow to continue to fight against Republican efforts to repeal the ACA and restructure Medicaid. I also pledge to continue being an advocate for women’s health and programs that support our most vulnerable populations such as Community Health Services. It is important that these critical programs and continued lifesaving medical research receive the funding they need to ensure the health and wellbeing of communities like the 8th District. I am proud to have repeatedly supported robust funding for programs such as research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Alzheimer’s research, nursing workforce development, Tourette syndrome research, and HIV/AIDS programs.

More on Health Care

Jan 8, 2013
(Washington, D.C.)- Congressman Sires reintroduced H.R. 146, the Collaborative Academic Research Efforts (CARE) for Tourette Syndrome Act to expand and further coordinate efforts towards research for Tourette syndrome. This bill would promote activities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aimed at combating and diagnosing Tourette syndrome.
Jul 11, 2012
(Washington, D.C.)- Today, Congressman Sires voted against H.R. 6079, the Patients’ Rights Repeal Act, to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was enacted into law two years ago. The bill would repeal important benefits of the ACA, which was recently upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court.
Jun 28, 2012
Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Albio Sires issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act.
Mar 29, 2012
Washington, D.C- Today, Congressman Sires voted against the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolution (H.Con.Res. 112) submitted by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) because of its misplaced priorities. In particular, the Republican budget would end the Medicare guarantee and shift costs to seniors while providing billions in tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, Big Oil and special interests
Dec 20, 2011

For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: Erica Daughtrey

December 20, 2011                                                                 201-222-2828

SIRES INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO EXPAND RESEARCH FOR TOURETTE SYNDROME

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