Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement Friday that he is scheduling a vote today to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a real disappointment to those of us who hoped extremists in Congress would finally end their efforts to repeal a law that is providing huge and demonstrable benefits to tens of millions of people in this country.
The ACA is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. It has made comprehensive health insurance more affordable and accessible, prohibited insurers from denying individuals coverage based on their health status and given families the peace of mind that comes with knowing that they are not an accident or illness away from bankruptcy. It has also started to transform our health care system into one that provides better care, better outcomes, and better value.
It’s long past time that every member of Congress join the effort to ensure that everyone can access the quality, affordable health care they need, including the full range of reproductive health services, and end partisan attempts to undo the progress the ACA has brought. Rather than wasting time attempting to repeal the ACA yet again, Congress should focus on advancing support for the improvements to health care access, quality, and affordability that the ACA is helping to make possible.”