PRESS RELEASE: Catholics United Campaigns in Four Midwestern Congressional Districts to Encourage 'No' Vote on Health Care Repeal

Posted January 18, 2011

Washington, DC - The group Catholics United today called on Catholics in four congressional districts to contact their representatives and ask them to vote 'no' on a bill to repeal landmark health care reform legislation passed by Congress last year. The representatives – Steve Chabot (OH-1), Jim Renacci (OH-16), Bobby Schilling (IL-17), and Joe Walsh (IL-8) – are all Roman Catholics who defeated health care reform supporters in the November elections. Tomorrow, Republican leadership is expected to bring the repeal bill, H.R. 2, up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In addition to activating its local membership, Catholics United is placing 23,000 phone calls to Catholic voters in the districts. After listening to the recording, which reminds voters of health reform's important protections for children and seniors, listeners can be connected directly to the member's office to urge them to vote 'no' on repeal.

While the House Republican leadership's action is largely symbolic, health care reform supporters urge political leaders to remember the many positive effects of health care reform that have already gone into effect, such as tax incentives for small businesses and benefits for senior citizens. Repealing the Affordable Care Act would turn back the clock to a time when individuals and families were vulnerable to the whims of insurers who could arbitrarily deny coverage, hike up premiums, or drop patients from their insurance plans without notice.

"Make no mistake about it, repeal of health care reform will be a huge blow for those already receiving benefits under the act," said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United. "We want our leaders in Washington to know that repealing this law brings real and serious consequences for everyday Americans."