Assemblyman Felix Ortiz Stands behind President Obama in Support of Our National Health Care Act

January 11, 2011
Albany – Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-51AD), Chair of the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/ Hispanic Task Force, today expressed his strong support for President Obama and our National Health Care Reform Act.

“Tomorrow, Wednesday January 19th, the new and untested United States House of Representatives will attempt a vote to revoke the Affordable National Health Care Act. This irrational action that claims to save money, actually will in fact take our country in the wrong direction economically and deny health coverage to over 25 million Americans,” stated Ortiz.

“Simply said, revoking the National Health Care Reform Act will make preventative health care non affordable at a time when it is most needed and when it makes the most sense for our country economically. We must provide the means to allow people to seek preventive health care in order to stop the explosive cost of caring for people in emergency settings,” Ortiz added.

Without this Affordable Care Act close to 78,000 young adults will lose insurance coverage through their parent’s health plans. According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, nearly 750,000 young New York residents will lose benefits. Additionally, a recent national survey showed that 36 percent of Americans who tried to purchase health insurance directly from an insurance company were either denied, charged more, or had a specific health problem that was not covered. Medicare will no longer pay for annual check-up visits, so approximately 2.9 million seniors in New York will have to pay extra if they want to stay healthy by scheduling regular check-ups.

“President Obama is correct in his vision of health care for all. For too many in the middle and lower economic classes, appropriate and necessary health care had been out of reach and reserved for the privileged. People and their health must be our priority not the insurance companies and their profit margins,” Ortiz concluded.