Brown: The Affordable Care Act Works
Congressman Anthony Brown spoke on the House Floor today on the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Below are his remarks as prepared and a link to the video:
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today on behalf of the residents of Maryland’s 4th Congressional District to say “the Affordable Care Act Works!” It has improved the health of thousands of men, women and children in my district, and has also reduced the level of uncompensated care in our community hospitals.
"Repealing the ACA will result in more uninsured patients and more uninsured people will drive up costs for everyone. Community hospitals such Medstar Health and Anne Arundel Medical Center will be forced to lay off doctors and nurses. Major medical centers like Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland will be forced to cut back investments in research that we so desperately need to fight cancer, treat diabetes, and reduce infant mortality.
"In the 4th Congressional District, we’re on the verge of establishing a new regional medical center that will both improve the quality of care throughout the National Capital Region, and create thousands of healthcare-related jobs in my District.
"Mr. Speaker, repealing the ACA is simply wrong. Hospitals services will be reduced, local economies will be weakened, and job losses will follow. Let’s Protect our Care and Protect our Jobs."