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Washington, D.C. (Jul. 11) – Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW) issued the following statement on today’s vote by the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“The USW continues to vigorously oppose Republican-led efforts against the Affordable Care Act. It is the 33rd time in the past two years the Republicans have sought to repeal a system supported by President Obama that already benefits millions of Americans. It is reprehensible Speaker Boehner would demand a repeal of ACA, once again without any credible proposal for a replacement plan.
“According to government reports, healthcare costs have dropped in the past two years since ACA was passed, while the annual average increase of insurance premiums is slowing to provide a savings to families.
“The ACA will provide health care coverage to about 33 million previously uninsured Americans through access to subsidized, private insurance and expanded Medicaid eligibility. In many ways, the ACA is already expanding, protecting and strengthening coverage of working families.
- 6.6 million young adults received coverage through their parents’ plans because dependent coverage was extended through age 26.
- 105 million people have coverage without lifetime limits.
- 86 million additional Americans gained coverage for preventive services without cost-sharing.
- 17 million children no longer face coverage denials due to a pre-existing condition
- $1.1 billion in premium rebates will benefit 12.8 million consumers under the Medical Loss Ratio rules. The average rebate will be $151 per household.
“Now that the Supreme Court has issued a decision the American people would be better served if Congress joined President Obama in working to build on the progress of our health care system.”
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