On ACA Anniversary, Democrats Lower Health Care Costs While Republicans Pledge to Raise Them

Democrats have built on the success of the Affordable Care Act with the American Rescue Plan, saving many Americans $800 last year – no thanks to a single Michigan Republican in Congress

Twelve years ago today, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, which lowered health care costs for millions and made it easier for Americans with pre-existing conditions to get coverage. Since then, President Biden and Democrats’ American Rescue Plan has built on the success of the ACA. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the over 3 million people in Michigan who get insurance through the marketplaces established by the ACA are now seeing reduced health care costs – no thanks to every single Republican member of Michigan’s congressional delegation, who unanimously voted against the American Rescue Plan.

In celebration of this anniversary, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes released the following statement: 

“Twelve years ago today, Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act amid unprecedented Republican obstruction, helping lower costs and make health care affordable for millions of Michidangers. Today, President Biden and Democrats in Congress are still laser-focused on lowering health care costs, while Republicans remain committed to raising costs for workers and families.

“While Democrats passed historic legislation like the American Rescue Plan, reducing premiums by hundreds of dollars and expanding affordable coverage to over 300,000 Michiganders, Republicans unanimously opposed it. While President Biden and Michigan Democrats move to reduce the cost of life saving medications, Republicans continue to stand in the way.

“The contrast couldn’t be more stark, and voters will hold Republicans accountable for it.”

This anniversary comes as Republicans have indicated they would deliver an agenda of hiking taxes and raising health insurance premiums if they take power. Earlier this month, Republican Senator Ron Johnson confirmed that some Republicans still want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That would mean that more than 100 million Americans with preexisting conditions would lose insurance protections, Americans with private insurance could see their premiums skyrocket, 21 million Americans could lose their insurance, and more. Meanwhile, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Rick Scott’s agenda could raise taxes on 38% of Michiganders.

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