BREAKING: President Biden Oversees Largest Number of Enrollees in Affordable Care Act History
January 10, 2024
In response to the historic, record-breaking ACA enrollment numbers to the tune of 20 million new enrollees, DNC National Press Secretary Sarafina Chitika released the following statement:
“A record 20 million Americans enrolled for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, sending a clear message to Trump and MAGA Republicans that their plans to kill the ACA will cost them come November. President Biden continues to lead the charge to lower health care costs for American families, and today’s news proves that Bidenomics continues to deliver, bringing relief to tens of millions of families who would otherwise not be able to afford care. While Donald Trump and the GOP rail against affordable health care, voters will reject them and their pathetic attempts to rip away coverage from Americans whose lives depend on it.”
NEW: The Biden-Harris administration just announced a record-breaking 20 million Americans enrolled for coverage through the ACA last month.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra: “When you can say that there are 20 million Americans today who have peace of mind because they have their own health insurance coverage, that’s a success. And I’d say that the Affordable Care Act has proven that millions of Americans want that peace of mind.”
Donald Trump and the entire 2024 Republican field are hellbent on getting rid of the ACA and ripping away access to affordable care from tens of millions of Americans.
The Messenger: “Former President Donald Trump said he is ‘seriously looking at alternatives’ to Obamacare in a new post on his social media platform Truth Social. He also called it a ‘low point for the Republican Party’ that lawmakers failed to ‘terminate’ the health insurance program established by the Affordable Care Act. According to the latest figures this year, more than 40 million Americans rely on the program for those who can’t afford private plans.”
Nikki Haley has a years-long record of wanting to rip away health care access under the ACA.
Haley: “We have fought Obamacare in South Carolina as much as we possibly could. We said no to the state exchanges. We said no to the Medicaid expansion.…They just turned around and set every state back with this bill that we know did not work.”
Haley: “When it came to Obamacare, we didn’t just say ‘no,’ we said ‘never.’… And we’re going to keep on fighting until we get people like [Senator Tim Scott] and everybody else in Congress to defund Obamacare.”
Haley: “We would end a disastrous health care program, and replace it with reforms that lowered costs and actually let you keep your doctor.”
And Ron DeSantis wants to “do a lot more” than just repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Justin Dougherty, Fox Carolina: “The conversation about the Affordable Care Act — repealing and replacing it — has come up once again. Republicans failed to repeal it or replace it in 2017. If Republicans get control of Washington, [with] you in the White House, what’s your plan to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act?”
DeSantis: “Well, look, that was a big failure. Obviously, under the Trump administration, that was a core promise — it didn’t happen. You know, what we’re gonna do is we have this massive health care bureaucracy: pharmaceutical, government, insurance, all this stuff. It’s a total mess. We’re gonna have a comprehensive plan to lower people’s costs, and yes Obamacare hasn’t done it, so we’ll transcend Obamacare, but I think you got to do a lot more than just that.”
MAGA Mike Johnson has pushed to repeal the Affordable Care Act and voted against President Biden’s historic Inflation Reduction Act, which is lowering prescription drug costs.
Press Release, Office of Congressman Mike Johnson: “U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson joined 11 other freshman members of Congress in a letter published Tuesday by Fox News urging the U.S. Senate to act on repealing the Affordable Care Act.”
The Hill: “As chair of the conservative Republican Study Commission, he has backed health care proposals that the GOP has espoused for years, including a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.”
Daily Beast: “Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), a member of House GOP leadership, said ‘I assume’ Republicans would move to repeal [the Inflation Reduction Act], but indicated it was still early.”
Let’s not forget that as many as 135 million Americans with preexisting conditions could lose critical protections if MAGA Republicans repealed the ACA.
Spectrum News: “The ACA protects more than 100 million people with preexisting conditions from being denied care, plus it requires insurance plans to cover things like preventive care and limit out-of-pocket costs.”
KFF Poll: “Majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and independents say it is ‘very important’ to continue each of [the Affordable Care Act’s] protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”
MAGA extremists’ plan to get rid of the Affordable Care Act is highly unpopular with the American people and would be devastating for the millions of Americans whose lives depend on it.
Jon Favreau: “If Trump wins, 40 million people could lose their health care, and insurance companies would get to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. If Biden wins, that…won’t happen.”
KFF Poll: 64% believe it is “very important” insurance companies continue to be prohibited from charging sick people more – including 55% of Republicans.
NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: “Thirteen years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, more than eight in ten Americans (83%) either agree or strongly agree that all Americans have a basic right to healthcare coverage.”
Bryan Bennett: “Per our October @NavigatorSurvey research, repealing the ACA (and January 6) remain the top concerns about Trump’s first term as president”
Washington Post: “But what’s clear is that an effort to ‘terminate’ Obamacare is not something Americans are pining for. Not only were the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare during Trump’s term historically unpopular, but the law also appears to have gotten more popular since then. … And when politicians talk of ending health insurance for tens of millions of Americans, dropping coverage of preexisting conditions and cutting Obamacare’s Medicaid funding, things get even dicier.”