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Tuesday
Jan182011

House Dems Highlight Hazards of Health Care Repeal

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- One day before House Republicans try to repeal the new health care law, Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday tried to highlight how the move could negatively affect Americans.

“Why we are doing this -- other than playing to the vanity of the extremely conservative right wing of the Republican party -- is beyond me,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., at a House Democratic Steering & Policy Committee hearing Tuesday afternoon.

A panel of witnesses described how health care repeal could hurt them in the future. Stacie Ritter of Lancaster, Pa., the mother of twin daughters who have been diagnosed with leukemia, described how she and her husband ended up bankrupt even though they have full insurance coverage. Ritter urged lawmakers to fight against repeal, emphasizing how much the new law meant to her and others.

“You have no idea how much it meant to a lot of people,” she told the panel. “I know you only got to hear the bad because that’s all that the news will play, but believe me it was greatly, greatly appreciated.”

Earlier Tuesday, the Department of Health & Human Services released a new administration analysis that estimated the law will, when it fully kicks in three years from now, prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to as many as 129 million Americans who have some type of pre-existing health condition.

It is all part of an effort by Democrats to win public support for the reforms.

According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, President Obama and Republicans are tied for the first time in trust to handle health care, with trust in Obama dropping nine points since last month to a new low, and trust in the GOP gaining four points.

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