DNC Chair Statement on ACA Anniversary and Zubik v. Burwell Case
March 23, 2016
WASHINGTON – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act becoming law, and the Zubik v. Burwell case before the Supreme Court:
“Six years year ago today, President Obama signed the most significant piece of health care legislation in a generation – the Affordable Care Act. Today, we celebrate what that law means to so many: 20 million more Americans with insurance, more than nine out of every ten Americans insured, the slowest growth of health costs in 50 years, free preventive care for millions of Americans, and billions saved on prescription drugs.
“And after all of the hyperventilating by Republicans about how this law would ‘kill jobs,’ under President Obama’s leadership we’ve gained more than 14 million new private-sector jobs, over 72 straight months of job growth, and unemployment is below five percent.
“Unfortunately, the GOP has never let the truth get in the way of their partisan attacks on the ACA, and Republicans continue to attack the landmark law on the campaign trail, in Congress, and in the courts. Today, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in a case that would challenge the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of access to family-planning services and contraceptives with no out-of-pocket costs. We must fight to uphold these guarantees against partisan attacks that would strip away protections for women’s health. Across the country, Republican lawmakers are putting women’s health and safety at risk to score political points with the most extreme factions of their base, whether it’s shutting down clinics that provide safe and legal abortion or preventing health care providers from serving women in our nation’s most vulnerable communities. These actions will not go unnoticed by voters, who will be sure to reject the extreme GOP agenda in November.”