Pelosi: GOP Voted Against Protections For ‘Little Baby With a Birth Defect’ By Repealing Obamacare

By Elizabeth Harrington | July 12, 2012 | 3:17pm EDT

( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that by voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare,  Republicans “tried to take away protections” from “the little baby born with a birth defect.”

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The “Repeal of Obamacare Act” passed the House on Wednesday, July 11, by 244 to 185, a vote that included five Democrats voting for repeal: Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), and Mike Ross (D-Ark.).

At a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, Minority Leader Pelosi said, “As you know, yesterday, once again for the thirtieth-some, I don’t know, thirty-something time, the Republicans tried to take away protections for patients in our country: whether the little baby born with a birth defect, a child with a disability, or asthma, cancer, diabetes; there’s the senior who’s getting prescription drugs much less expensive because of the Affordable Care Act, or free wellness examinations once a year."

She continued: “Whether it’s women who are getting services already and those will increase in August; whether it’s this very, very powerful protection for patients and that is removing lifetime limits on the coverage that they can receive; whether it’s young adults who can be on their parents’ policy until they’re 26 years old, enabling them to follow their aspirations and not make decisions only based on where they have health care rather than what their aspirations and skills and talents take them to.”

“So once again, once again, the Republicans on the floor of the House spoke for and voted for the special interests over the people’s interest,” she said.

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