By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist
Today, I received an e-mail from Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Woman Voters of the United States, commenting on the first anniversary of health care reform. MacNamara said:
Happy Birthday, Affordable Care Act.
You’re 1 today, and wow what a year it has been. Since last year:
- Children are no longer denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
- Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on coverage.
- Young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.
Together, we’ve made a lot of progress in the last year to ensure that more Americans have access to better, more affordable health care. But if some members of Congress have their way, our progress will be lost. No more coverage for children with pre-existing conditions. No more unlimited coverage. No more insurance for young adults getting on their feet.
The cost of repeal will be vast.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that repeal of the Affordable Care Act would add $230 billion to the national deficit over the next 10 years and leave about 54 million Americans without insurance.
And that’s why we must spring into action once again.
In the coming year, we have a lot to look forward to: new innovations to bring down health care costs, increased access to home and community care for the disabled, and expanded access to high-quality care for more American residents.
We have too much to lose to go back to where we started. We will not back down now. We will continue our work with local Leagues and volunteers to ensure true health care reform and coverage for all.
So Happy Birthday, Affordable Care Act. You’ve come a long way, and you still have so much to achieve. We're here to make sure that happens.
I agree with the League that health care reform has had positive results, and I support its continued implementation.