Success of the Affordable Care Act
Mr. Speaker, I rise to highlight the success of the Affordable Care Act.
Last month marked the end of the third open enrollment period for the health exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.
The numbers are in, and once again, millions of Americans signed up for quality, affordable health care coverage.
In total, more than 12.7 million Americans selected plans through the health insurance marketplaces – 4 million or 42 percent of whom are new customers this year.
In addition to bending the cost curve, these enrollment numbers are further evidence that the Affordable Care Act is working.
People want coverage and thanks to the ACA, millions can now have the security of knowing they won’t go bankrupt if they get sick or in an accident, can’t be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition and have access to preventative and primary care services at little to no out-of-pocket cost.
Unfortunately, the callous, politically motivated, and financially unsound decision of states to forfeit federal funds and refuse to expand Medicaid for low-income adults leaves millions without coverage.
In the 29th District of Texas, 55,000 residents fall in the expansion gap and thus, have no health insurance.
It is time for Texas and other holdout states to do the right thing and recognize that health care is not a privilege but a right.
The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. I hope Congress will finally move past futile repeal attempts and start talking about how to make the Affordable Care Act work even better for the American people.
I stand ready and eager to work with my colleagues on this critically important issue. Thank you and I yield back.