On Thursday, In her inaugural floor action, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy offered a measure aimed at protecting a provision of the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” from repeal, the provision that ensures children and young adults may stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until they are 26 years old.
While Republicans in the House, Senate and the incoming Trump administration began plans to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, there have been some mentions to keeping adult children under their parents plan in any future health care reform.
The amendment did not pass in the GOP controlled House but Murphy pledges to keep fighting.
“Central Florida is home to thousands of families benefiting from this popular provision within the Affordable Care Act, including young entrepreneurs and many students at the University of Central Florida” said Murphy. “I want to draw a line in the sand and ensure we protect this popular and successful provision that allows children and young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26. Although my amendment didn’t pass, I will never stop fighting for families and children in central Florida.”
Murphy was sworn into Congress on Tuesday representing the 7th Congressional District which includes parts of Orange County and all of Seminole County, replacing longtime incumbent John Mica, who served the region for over two decades. There have been many questions over how she’ll legislate for constituents in both left-leaning Orange County and Conservative Seminole County.
On the Affordable Care Act, she’s standing firm for now.
“I will never stop fighting for families and children in central Florida.” she continues ““The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but I believe the responsible and moral course of action is for Congress to strengthen the law, not repeal it outright, especially without any plan to replace it, I strongly oppose attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan that is as good or better – otherwise the system will collapse into chaos for families, businesses, hospitals, and medical facilities across central Florida and threaten our economic growth. The perfect must never become the enemy of the good.”