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Cabinet members urge GOP not to repeal health care law

By Ed Hornick, CNN
  • Three Cabinet members send letter describing consequences of health care repeal
  • Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury secretaries signed the letter
  • Letter says the health care overhaul has already helped millions of Americans

Washington (CNN) -- Three Cabinet members from the Obama administration sent a letter to members of Congress on Wednesday defending the health care reform law, which Republicans are currently trying to repeal.

The letter -- signed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner -- laid out the consequences of the law being repealed.

"If the Affordable Care Act were repealed as some have proposed, the individuals we have heard from plus the millions of families, seniors, other individuals, and small businesses already helped would lose this support and these protections," the letter said.

"We urge you to consider all that this law has already done to improve the health and financial security of so many Americans and what it will mean to hundreds of millions of more in the next several years as you evaluate any proposal that would set the Nation back on a path to higher costs and skyrocketing premiums, less competition, and fewer consumer protections against industry abuses."

The health care reform measure, signed into law in March 2010, has drawn the ire of Republicans and even some conservative Democrats, who argue the law will hurt businesses and be a job killer, among other things.

Despite the tension between the two parties, all three secretaries said they look forward to working with the new Congress, in which Republicans control the House and have an increased number of seats in the Senate.

"We (want to) bring us closer to the day when all Americans can get the care they need to live healthy, productive, and full lives."