DNC Statement on 13th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act
March 23, 2023
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law:
“Thirteen years ago today, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, affirming that health care is a right, not a privilege, and giving Americans peace of mind that they would be able to receive the care that they need. Since then, this landmark legislation has lowered costs for families, insured more than 30 million Americans, protected coverage for those with preexisting conditions, made it possible for states to expand Medicaid, allowed those who are under 26 to stay on their parents’ health care plans, ended lifetime caps on the essential care a person can receive, provided free birth control, and so much more. It’s no wonder the ACA is more popular than ever.
“Over the past two years, President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Democrats in Congress have protected and strengthened the Affordable Care Act, and thanks to their leadership in passing the monumental Inflation Reduction Act and the American Rescue Plan, ACA premiums are near record lows, enrollment is at an all-time high, and prescription drug costs continue to come down.
“While Democrats fight to expand coverage and lower health care costs for families, MAGA Republicans support proposals to gut Americans’ health care. Since 2010, congressional Republicans have repeatedly voted for measures to repeal or undermine the ACA, and 2024 MAGA Republican presidential hopefuls have a long record of pushing plans that would raise Americans’ health care costs while offering less coverage. Despite these attacks, Democrats will always stand up to protect Americans’ health care.”