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Congressman Engel Marks the Sixth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Congressman Engel Marks the Sixth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, today marked the sixth anniversary the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by calling on House Republicans to stop their political posturing and bring a close to their endless repeal votes on the law.  

"In the six years since we passed the ACA, nearly 20 million more Americans have gained access to lifesaving health care coverage,” Congressman Engel said. “More than 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, the most in our nation’s history, including many who were once denied coverage due to a preexisting condition.

“In New York alone, it is estimated that the uninsured rate has dropped 4 percent in the last two years, while out of pocket costs for preventative measures like immunizations and certain cancer screenings have been eliminated entirely for 8.6 million people. Costs are down, coverage is up—the ACA is working, and it’s time for House Republicans to start working, as well, on making it better.

“Since 2010, the House has voted to repeal the ACA 63 times. It is no exaggeration to say we have wasted hours of the American people’s time on this ridiculous sideshow. This is time that would have been better spent thinking of ways to strengthen the law to have it better serve the American people. This behavior from House Republicans is this reason the American people view Congress in such an unfavorable light. Their actions cast an unfortunate pall over every lawmaker, and distract us from tackling the real issues facing the American people.

“On this sixth anniversary of the ACA I’m calling on House Republicans to end this charade once and for all, and commit to working with House Democrats on ways to improve coverage for 20 million Americans – not take it away.”