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On ACA's 10-Year Anniversary, Trump & His Allies in Congress Continue to Attack our Health Care

PLANNED PARENTHOOD VOTES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 23, 2020
CONTACT: Planned Parenthood Votes Media Office; 212-261-4433; [email protected]
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As the pressure on our public health infrastructure mounts, Planned Parenthood Votes is calling attention to attacks on the ACA from politicians who have put our health at risk

Washington, DC Today the Affordable Care Act turns 10 — and in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, its provisions have never been more important. The ACA increased health care coverage, ensured protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and expanded access to essential health services — but these gains wouldn't exist if anti-health care politicians had their way. With access to affordable health care, including reproductive health care, a top issue for voters, these politicians have a lot to answer for.

Jenny Lawson, executive director, Planned Parenthood Votes:

“After 10 years of the Affordable Care Act, there is absolutely no doubt that it has saved lives and helped millions of people access affordable, quality health care. Thanks to the law, people with pre-existing conditions are protected, health insurance plans are required to cover birth control and other critical preventive care for women, and the uninsured rate has plummeted. These gains have never been more important than today, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the country. But we didn't get here without a fight. Trump and anti-health care politicians have attacked the ACA at every turn with the ultimate goal of ending the law — and with it, all of the successes we've had over the last decade. The American people will demand elected officials who will fight for our health care, and politicians will have to answer for their attacks on our care at the ballot box."

Politicians on the ballot this November — from Donald Trump to incumbents like Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Martha McSally (R-AZ) — have attacked the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing essential health services and protections for millions of people with pre-existing conditions.

  • Donald Trump and his administration have sabotaged the Affordable Care Act at every turn; including backing a legal challenge that could eliminate the law — a challenge he doubled down on yesterday in the midst of a global pandemic; undermining core protections like the guarantee that health insurance through your employer must cover birth control; and pushing harmful Medicaid expansion "work requirements" that kick people off their health care.
  • Before a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and dismantle protections for pre-existing conditions, Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) urged her colleagues to ‘get this f---ing thing done,' jeopardizing affordable coverage for 709,000 Arizonans.
  • Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) has voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would take away protections from more than 420,000 Montanans who have pre-existing conditions.
  • Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) has voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing health care coverage for 588,000 Coloradans.
  • Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) has voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which could jeopardize protections for more than 4.2 million North Carolinians who have pre-existing conditions.
  • Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, putting coverage at risk for 230,000 Iowans who receive insurance from the ACA and over 1.2 million Iowans with pre-existing conditions.
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) voted in favor of the Trump-McConnell tax scam, which gave a massive tax handout to billionaires and corporations and put the Affordable Care Act at risk.
  • Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) committed to voting for Republican legislation that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act, even though it could result in one million Georgians losing their health coverage — before he had even read the Republican bill.
  • John James, who could challenge health care champion Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) in Michigan, called the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions a “monstrosity.”

Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations will be fighting to re-elect our health care champions who have gone to bat for the Affordable Care Act, and elect challengers who have pledged to protect affordable health care:

  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act, knowing that it is critically important for the nearly 118,000 Granite Staters who rely on it for their health care coverage.
  • Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) held the line in the Senate against attacks on the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including 887,000 Michiganders.
  • Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) supports the Affordable Care Act, because she knows how important it is for the nearly 240,000 people who rely on MinnesotaCare.
  • Challengers like Sara Gideon in Maine, Mark Kelly in Arizona, and Cal Cunningham in North Carolina are taking on incumbent senators who have sabotaged the Affordable Care Act at every turn — and they have pledged to protect the law if they are elected to the United States Senate.

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