61st Time’s The Charm: GOP Votes Again to Repeal the ACA
This morning, the Ways and Means Committee is marking up budget reconciliation bills that amount to the 61st vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bills are part of the GOP effort to appeal to extremists in the party in order to avoid a #GOPShutdown.
Some ACA benefits that the GOP’s reckless efforts would undo:
- 17.6 million uninsured Americans have gained health insurance coverage since enactment of the Affordable Care Act.
- The rate of uninsured has dropped to historic lows – currently just 11.4%.
- As of March 31, 2015, 10.2 million consumers had coverage in Health Insurance Marketplace plans.
- 50,000 lives have been saved due to a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions, such as infections
- The private sector has added 13 million jobs.
- Americans have saved $9 billion since 2011, because of the new requirement that insurers have to spend at least 80% of every premium dollar they receive on quality health care.
- $19.2 billion has been recovered for taxpayers from stepped-up anti-fraud efforts in Medicare and other health programs under the ACA.
Find more “numbers to know” on the ACA here.