DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement on the 11th anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law:
“Eleven years ago today, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law and made the most significant improvement to our health care system in 50 years, helping millions of Americans access the health care they need. Over the course of the last year, as the country has grappled with the profound effects of COVID-19, we have all felt even more deeply the importance of everyone having access to quality, affordable health care. The Affordable Care Act solidified protections for folks with preexisting conditions and the millions of Americans with disabilities who often previously faced obstacles from insurance companies. It made it possible for young people to remain on their parents’ plans until they’re 26 and for states to expand Medicaid, it ended lifetime caps on the essential care a person can receive, and so much more.
“Now, President Biden is building upon the success of the Affordable Care Act and enacting the largest expansion of health care coverage since its passage through the American Rescue Plan, a remarkable feat after years of Republican obstruction and political games. The American Rescue Plan significantly reduces health insurance premiums for millions of American families who could not afford it under the original law. If there’s one thing that’s been made clear to the American people over the last eleven years, it’s that Democrats are fighting every day to protect and improve their health care – and we’ll continue electing Democrats across the country with that mission in mind.”
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