Clyburn Statement on 5th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Mar 24, 2015

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn delivered the following statement today on the Capitol steps about the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act:

“Speaking at an international health care conference in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”  I profoundly agree with that view.  Affordable access to quality health care should not depend on the circumstances of one’s birth. 

“More than five years ago, during House debate on the Affordable Care Act, I labeled it “the Civil Rights Act of the 21st Century,” and I am pleased and very proud that the law is living up to that moniker. 

“Under the ACA, insurance companies can no longer discriminate against the 129 million Americans who have pre-existing conditions.  105 million Americans no longer have a lifetime limit on their health coverage.  No longer can women be penalized by insurance companies simply for being women.  Thanks to the ACA, 16 million Americans who were previously uninsured finally have the security of health insurance for their families. 

“Despite repeated Republican claims that the ACA would kill jobs, our economy is creating jobs at the fastest rate since the 1990s.  So, as we gather to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, I’ve got a message to our Republican friends: The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.  Let’s work together to make it better.”’