MADISON – Today, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  Following that vote, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate released the following statement:

“Today, House Republicans took a vote that can be viewed at best as a partisan gesture to the extreme right wing of their party and at worst can be considered an affront to millions of middle class families.  The repeal of the Affordable Care Act, as approved by House Republicans, would have two primary consequences: Wisconsinites would be stripped of patient protections and health insurance would become more unaffordable for Wisconsin families and for America as a whole.

“The Republican-approved repeal legislation enables insurance companies to take away individuals’ insurance coverage when they get sick or deny it to them in the first place; it takes Americans’ health care decisions out of the hands of their doctor and puts them into the hands of their insurance provider; it enables insurance companies to raise premiums suddenly and without justification; and it increases America’s deficit by $1 trillion over the next twenty years.

“Unfortunately Paul Ryan, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble were among those who are trying to get rid of those critical benefits – taking away Wisconsinites’ health care freedoms.  They have reneged on their promise to stand up for Wisconsinites and their actions would saddle Wisconsin’s children with unnecessary and burdensome national debt.  I am extremely disappointed by the votes of Paul Ryan, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble to take these protections from Wisconsin’s families, and I applaud Tammy Baldwin, Gwen Moore and Ron Kind for doing what is necessary to protect the Affordable Care Act, protect Wisconsin’s fiscal future, and protect Wisconsinites’ health care freedoms.”