The National Republican Congressional Committee, keeping up its drumbeat of attacks upon what it sees as the Bay Area’s most vulnerable congressman, this morning again singled out Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, for his silence on House Republicans’ effort to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the health-care reforms enacted last year.
“Democrats like Jerry McNerney have no excuse for remaining silent on a bill that begins the process to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with real healthcare reform that does not hinder job creation,” NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay said in a news release. “With unemployment alarmingly high and the Democrats’ job-crushing law remaining unpopular and controversial, McNerney’s silence is an insult to the middle-class families he represents. Americans have made it very clear where they stand on repealing the government takeover of healthcare, and it’s now time for Jerry McNerney to do the same.”
Well, McNerney just did so, in a speech on the House floor:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the health care law and in opposition to its repeal. The health care reform, which was signed into law last year, is clearly not perfect and could be improved. However, the law as enacted will have significant benefits to millions of American citizens, to businesses, to local governments, and to the country as a whole.
“The benefits to individuals in need of health care with pre-existing conditions, to seniors, to young adults under 26 years of age and many other groups are well known and will be missed if the law is repealed. But most significantly, the law will drive down the cost of health care by encouraging and incentivizing quality care and good outcomes in health care treatments instead of encouraging potentially unnecessary procedures. It rewards quality rather than quantity of health care. This will ultimately reduce the cost, both public and private, of health care in this country.
“Because of these reasons, I strongly oppose repeal of health care reform.”
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UPDATE @ 3:11 P.M.: The repeal bill, HR 2, has passed on a 245-189 vote, with three Democrats crossing the aisle to vote with the Republican majority: Dan Boren, D-Okla.; Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.; and Mike Ross, D-Ark.