U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 23, 2015) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill today released the following statement on today’s latest vote by Congressional Republicans on the 2010 Affordable Care Act:
“Congressional Republicans have apparently replaced this week’s ‘Back to the Future’ meme with ‘Groundhog Day’ — engaging in another of their pointless attempts to repeal a five-year-old law that’s been upheld repeatedly by a conservative Supreme Court, is coming in under-budget, and is insuring millions more Americans. Republican leaders are headed toward an economically crippling and avoidable default, our highway funding runs out in a week, and we’re trying to pass important cyber-security legislation—but this is once again the greatest priority for U.S. House Republicans. It’s ridiculous.”
In early 2015, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office announced that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will cost taxpayers substantially less than previously estimated.
According to the Associated Press: “Underlining a change across the nation, nearly 9 out of 10 adults” now have health insurance in an extensive study that also “found that the share of adults who lack insurance dropped to 11.9 percent for the first three months of , the lowest level since that survey began its tracking…” As columnist Paul Krugman noted in June, “Opponents of the law insisted that it would actually reduce coverage; in reality, around 15 million Americans have gained insurance.”
As a result of the ACA, far fewer families are struggling to pay their medical bills. The law has so far resulted in tens of thousands of fewer preventable patient deaths in hospitals. Most Americans enrolled in ACA health coverage report being satisfied with their plans. And contrary to opponents’ early claims about the economic effects of the law, job-growth has continued and the national deficit has continued to decline after the law was implemented.
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