Dear President Trump and U.S. House and Senate Leadership,
I support the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The repeal of the ACA would be devastating to families. A new independent study from the Urban Institute confirms that repealing the ACA without a replacement plan will leave tens of millions of Americans—almost 30 million people—without the security of health coverage. Because of the chaotic ripple effect of repealing the Affordable Care Act, a higher rate of Americans will be uninsured than before the ACA was passed in 2010.
In these uncertain times, working families value the safety and security of health coverage more than ever. Repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan will more than double the number of uninsured children in America—leaving 4 million children uninsured. It’s especially important for families who have children with special needs and chronic illnesses to have stability and consistency in their coverage and repealing the ACA will create more uncertainty and insecurity.
People across the U.S. have benefited greatly from this new law through improvements such as:
- All new insurance plans are required to cover preventive services at no cost—like check-ups, well-child visits, cancer screenings, and vaccines.
- People with pre-existing conditions like asthma, cancer, and diabetes can no longer be denied or charged more for coverage.
- People with chronic illnesses no longer face lifetime caps on their benefits that basically cuts off their coverage when they need it most.
- Medicaid has improved and now provides coverage to millions more, including hard-working parents.
Everyone agrees that there is still work to be done to expand affordability and accessibility in our healthcare system. But scrapping all of the progress we’ve made and starting at square one is a terrible idea and would be incredibly damaging to families and our economy.
Do not repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan in place that keeps the protections we’ve gained in recent years!