With House Republicans poised to push a bill Wednesday to repeal the health care bill Congress passed last year, Democrats today went on the defensive.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz headlined a press call hosted by the Democratic National Committee, accusing the GOP of looking to turn health care over to the insurance industry. Listen to the call here.
"Instead of working to find bipartisan solutions to create jobs, grow the economy and make America more competitive, Republicans in Congress are trying to repeal health reform and give control over Americans' health care back to insurance companies."
"Repeal will effect real people," she said, noting that the act requires insurance plans to cover breast cancer screenings. She singled out a 19-year-old from Miami, whom she said has lupus, but is covered under her mom's coverage.
The White House earlier in the day released a report Tuesday stating 7.8 million Floridians with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage if the law was thrown out. Part of a state-by-state analysis, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said those with high blood pressure, arthritis, cancer and others could be guaranteed coverage by the new law by 2014. Nationwide, HHS said 129 million were at risk.