Top Health Democrats’ Statement on Anniversary of Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON – Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Ways and Means Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA)—the top Democrats on committees with jurisdiction over the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—today released the following joint statement to highlight the eighth anniversary of the law:
“Today marks the eighth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, legislation that ended decades of insurance companies price gouging, setting lifetime limits, and discriminating against Americans with pre-existing conditions. For the first time in our nation's history, this landmark law expanded protections so that no matter where people lived or worked in the United States, their families would have access to affordable, comprehensive health care. Americans of all ages and all walks of life have benefitted.
“Since the ACA’s passage, congressional Republicans have made numerous unsuccessful attempts to repeal the law and undo its improvements to millions of Americans’ health and financial security. Over the last year, the Trump Administration joined in these misguided efforts to sabotage our country’s health care system, taking steps to weaken consumer protections and causing premiums to skyrocket. We once again call on Republicans to work constructively with us on meaningful and lasting bipartisan improvements to our nation’s health care system, such as those in the Undo Sabotage and Expand Affordability of Health Insurance Act of 2018.”
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