On ACA anniversary, Democrats fight to cut health care costs despite Republican opposition

On ACA anniversary, Democrats fight to cut health care costs despite Republican opposition

The Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced health care costs and increased accessibility for millions of Americans

TRENTON, NJ — Twelve years ago today, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, reducing health care costs for millions and eliminating pre-existing conditions as barriers to coverage. Continuing this historic progress, Governor Murphy and legislative Democrats in New Jersey have worked to further reduce health care costs, and nationally, President Biden and the Democrats’ US bailout are building on the success of the ACA.

The anniversary comes as Republicans have indicated they will present a program of higher taxes and higher health insurance premiums if they take office. Earlier this month, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson confirmed that killing Obamacare is still top of the GOP agenda. Repeal of the ACA would mean over 100 million Americans with pre-existing conditions would lose their insurance protections, Americans with private insurance could see their premiums skyrocket, 21 million Americans could lose their insurance , and more.

“Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act amid unprecedented Republican opposition, and our party continues to build on its promise to lower health care and prescription drug costs for the American people. Republicans continue their march to repeal the ACA to satisfy their extreme and harmful agenda,” said NJDSC Chairman LeRoy Jones. “The contrast couldn’t be clearer: As Democrats strive to cut costs for families, Republicans seek to cut health care for millions of Americans and subject them to higher premiums and to reduced health care options. We need lower costs for Americans, not more financial burdens.

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