Healthcare Under Attack: LWVUS Responds
Already, Congress has taken the first steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in both the House and Senate. They are rushing to make major changes that will harm millions of Americans while throwing the U.S. health care system into disarray.
Repealing the ACA without an effective plan to replace it is unacceptable.
- An analysis done by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 32 million Americans will lose health insurance, premiums will double and out of pocket costs will sky-rocket.
- Access to adequate, affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease could be endangered.
- Young adults would no longer be covered under their parent’s plans, and women could face discriminatory rates.
Being a woman should not be a reason for paying higher premiums. Congress needs a plan that will provide quality coverage before they repeal the ACA.
The League is committed to ensuring that Americans have the coverage and access to care that they need to take care of themselves and their families. The League will not stand by while members of Congress dismantle protections for the health and well-being of the American public.
In January, Barbara Mattison, President of the League of Women Voters of Colorado submitted the following letter to local media. The League of Women Voters of Larimer County stands with our brothers and sisters statewide in support of quality, affordable healthcare for all.
Letter from LWVCO President
The League of Women Voters of Colorado urges the 115th US Congress not to repeal the Affordable Care Act until legislation is enacted that provides a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost to all US residents.
The number of uninsured Americans is at a record low. New health care must not jeopardize this coverage. Replacement must be seamless to protect against uncertainty and increased costs in the medical insurance market. The League of Women Voters urges members of Congress to focus clearly on all US residents and their health needs before repealing the Affordable Care Act.