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Congresswoman Clark Leads Fix on Health Care Reform

Clark said her amendment includes "disclosures on the number of Americans who are no longer subject to discrimination based on pre-existing conditions and families will no longer be subjected to annual and lifetime limits on coverage.

Rep. Katherine Clark Credit: Susan Scully Petroni
Rep. Katherine Clark Credit: Susan Scully Petroni

U.S. Representative Katherine Clark, a Democrat who represents Framingham, led an effort to fix a one-sided Republican bill that she said undermines the Affordable Care Act.  

This bill is the 48th attempt by House Republicans to impede the progress of the nation’s health care law.  

Clark offered the final Democratic amendment to the Exchange Information Disclosure Act, legislation requiring onerous and extensive data reporting from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the health care law’s implementation.  

Clark called out the Republican bill as a disingenuous and partisan attempt at so-called transparency. 

“If our goal is truly transparency -- not just harassment to ensure the law never works -- why not give the full picture?” 

Editor's Note: Video of her Clark's remarks is attached to this report.

"I know firsthand how good this reform will be for the American people because I watched it happen in my own state," said Clark. "In 2006, Massachusetts implemented health care reform which today is benefiting hundreds of thousands of families.  It took hard work and it meant lawmakers who didn’t always agree on everything had to work together to do right by those they served.  Today, 97% of the people in Massachusetts are benefitting from some form of heath care coverage."

Clark said her "amendment will provide the full picture, not just data hand-picked to support a partisan argument."  

She said her amendment includes "disclosures on the number of Americans who are no longer subject to discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.  Families at home will know how many people are no longer subject to annual and lifetime limits on coverage.  They will know how many people who were previously uninsured are now able to access health care and plan for the future."  

dennis byron January 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM
This Congressperson is misleading the reader in almost everything in this article. For example, take this statement where she says: "In 2006, Massachusetts implemented health care reform which today is benefiting hundreds of thousands of families." 1. There never was any health care reform in Massachusetts. In 2006, the intellectually (and in some cases literally) corrupt Massachusetts legislature reformed Massachusetts' incredibly over-regulated health care insurance rules and laws for the fourth time in 15 years. The political hacks like this Congressperson (who was then a state legislator) then subsequently re-regulated and over-regulated those rules again in 2008, twice in 2010, and again in 2012. The law passed in 2012 effectively repealed the 2006 law the Congressperson claims was so great. 2. The 2006 law did not benefit "hundreds of thousands of families" as claimed. It arguably did not "benefit" anyone but just in terms of numbers the 2006 law only affected about 400,000 residents (best case: 200,000 families) by giving them Medicaid or Medicaid-Lite (better know as RomneyCare). This free healthcare voucher was not accepted by a large and increasing percentage of providers and even those that accepted payment from the state welfare program were not necessarily accepting new patients. The big mystery in Massachusetts was: If this was so great, (a) why didn't the other 200,000 people who were eligible for free healthcare welfare sign up and (b) why did 100,000 people prefer to pay the penalty than sign up?

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