(Washington, DC) - This evening, the U.S. House of Representatives considered H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and H.R. 4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010. Congressman Baron Hill cast his vote in support of both bills, and issued the following statement:
“I would like to thank the people of Indiana’s Ninth District for allowing me to be part of this historic vote. It is in their public and fiscal welfare that I cast my vote for both the Senate health insurance reform legislation and the reconciliation bill.
Immediately, the reform measure bans insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, creates a temporary high-risk pool for the ten thousand Southern Indiana residents with pre-existing conditions to secure affordable care, prohibits insurers from dropping people when they get sick, eliminates lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on coverage, requires new private plans to cover preventatives services and immunizations with no co-payments, allows young people to remain on their parents’ insurance policy until their twenty-sixth birthday, makes small businesses that provide coverage to their employees eligible for a tax credit of up to thirty-five percent of premiums, and gives Hoosier seniors a two hundred and fifty dollar rebate to offset the price of high prescription drug costs.
And, it is fiscally sound. In fact, the revised legislation, strengthened by the reconciliation bill and manager’s amendment, reduces the deficit by one hundred and forty three billion dollars during the first ten years of the program, and reduces the deficit by more than one trillion dollars in the second ten years, effectively making it the biggest deficit reduction legislation since 1993.
As I addressed in my statement yesterday and would like to reiterate again, this bill strictly and specifically prohibits any federal funding of abortions. Bolstering the reform bill, the President plans to issue an executive order clarifying any ambiguous language ensuring that no federal subsidies can be used for abortion-related services and that federal funds received by community health centers are subject to the Hyde Amendment.
This has been a long, deliberative and passionate process that has rendered a fiscally-responsible, inclusive and effective final product. I would like to thank the thousands of Southern Indiana residents who contacted me to voice their opinions and actively participated in this process."