Donovan Votes to Send Obamacare Repeal to President's Desk
Washington, DC—January 6, 2016….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today voted with a majority of his colleagues in the House of Representatives to repeal major components of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The measure would end the job-killing employer mandate, cut taxes, and repeal penalties for non-compliance. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the bill would cut the deficit by $500 billion through 2025. Additionally, the CBO projected repealing Obamacare would boost GDP by about 0.7 percent. This is the first such measure to reach the President’s desk, in part because Congress considered it under special “reconciliation” procedure, which allows the Senate to avoid a filibuster.
Congressman Donovan said, “Obamacare just isn’t working. Middle class families in Staten Island and South Brooklyn are already burdened with some of the highest costs of living in the country. To continue this charade while family health premiums reach $20,000 per year and more is ridiculous.”
In December, Donovan toured Frank J. Silvestri Insurance, a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn family-owned business. The Silvestris, who employ a handful of local Staten Island and South Brooklyn residents, must choose between investing in their business and employees or paying their $25,000 per year family-of-four health insurance premium.
Donovan continued, “It’s death by a thousand cuts. Property taxes, rent, and water rates seem to increase every year. The sales tax creeps up. Income taxes for the city, the state, and the federal governments chip away at hard-earned income. Now, after years of promises of affordable health care, middle class workers are paying money they don’t have for health insurance policies they can’t keep. Enough is enough.”
In November, the McKinsey Center for U.S. Health Reform released a study estimating premiums would increase by up to 49 percent for middle-of-the-road “silver” health plans in 2016. The study also indicated premiums for the lowest-price silver plan would rise for 96 percent of the subsidy-eligible population. Recognizing the continued harm caused by Obamacare, House Republicans intend to propose options to replace the bill this year.