Pelosi Statement on Republican Bill to Repeal Health Reform

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the incoming House Republican leadership posted their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

"As we begin the 112th Congress, the number one priority of House Democrats will continue to be putting Americans to work.  Each new proposal will be measured by a simple test: does it create jobs? Does it strengthen America's middle class? And does it reduce the deficit?  When our Republican colleagues put forward solutions to the problems facing Americans that meet these tests, they will find in Democrats a willing partner.

"Instead of joining Democrats in our efforts for job creation, Republicans are planning to put insurance companies back in charge by repealing patient's rights.

"House Democrats will fight to ensure that children with pre-existing conditions continue to get coverage; that young people can stay on their parents' plans until age 26; that pregnant women and breast cancer survivors can no longer be thrown off the rolls; and that seniors do not pay higher drug prices."

SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House