Kuster Statement Ahead of 11th Anniversary of Affordable Care Act
Concord, March 22, 2021
Concord, N.H. – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee, released the following statement ahead of the 11th anniversary of President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. This is Kuster’s second term serving on the influential House Committee on Energy & Commerce, which has jurisdiction over health care, Medicare & Medicaid, environmental protections, and many other issues.
“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is responsible for extending health insurance coverage to tens of millions of Americans, ensuring people cannot be denied coverage or charged more due to a preexisting condition, and improving access to health care for Granite State families and people across the country. In addition, the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA has been critical in our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in New Hampshire. In January, President Biden fulfilled his promise to reopen the ACA’s online Marketplace to help those who need health insurance get covered during the COVID-19 crisis. Granite Staters who need coverage have until May 15 to visit HealthCare.Gov and choose a plan.
“Since coming to Congress, I have voted dozens of times against repealing the ACA. For over a decade, Republicans in Congress worked to overturn this transformative legislation with no replacement, but time and again, they failed. Despite the former president’s efforts to repeal the ACA and strip millions of Americans of their health insurance, this landmark health care bill remains the law of the land. The ACA was an incredible leap forward, but there’s more to be done. I look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration to build off of the progress we have made and expand access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans.”
President Biden created a special enrollment period for the ACA’s online Marketplace, which began on February 15 and remains open through May 15. Additionally, the American Rescue Plan Act created new subsidies that will significantly lower the cost of coverage for many Americans who get their health insurance through HealthCare.Gov.