Partnership Statement On ACA Anniversary
WASHINGTON – The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future issued the following statement marking the 11th anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“Every American deserves access to affordable, high-quality health coverage and care, and the anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the important progress we have made toward this goal and how our health care system is working today to expand access to millions more Americans,” said Lauren Crawford Shaver, the Partnership’s executive director. “It is clear the best way forward is to build on and improve what is working today, where private coverage, Medicare and Medicaid work together to provide access to affordable, high-quality coverage – not to create a one-size-fits-all, new government health insurance system, such as Medicare for All or the public option, which would force Americans to pay more and wait longer for worse care. Instead of creating a one-size-fits-all system, we should work together to lower costs, protect patient choice, expand access, improve quality and foster innovation to help Americans get healthy and stay healthy, especially during this critical time.”
The Associated Press reports the federal government has just enacted “the biggest expansion of federal help for health insurance since the Obama-era Affordable Care Act more than 10 years ago,” while separate steps are already underway to reopen federal health care marketplaces, eliminate ineffective red tape that can prevent Americans from accessing coverage options and urge the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
The sixth edition of Voter Vitals – a nationwide tracking poll conducted by Locust Street Group for the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future – shows the vast majority of voters prefer for lawmakers to build on the current health care system rather than starting over with a new government-controlled health insurance system, such as the public option. The survey also finds most voters are unwilling to pay any more in taxes to create the public option and are concerned about its impact on access to quality care. The findings of Voter Vitals track closely with those of other national polling, including a recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), which reveals that the majority of Americans have a favorable view of current health care law and want the Biden Administration and Congress to build on what’s working in health care, where private coverage, Medicare, and Medicaid work together to expand access to health coverage and care.
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