January 6, 2016
Statement by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on H.R. 3762
“We are in the final weeks of Open Enrollment for 2016 under the Affordable Care Act and saw unprecedented demand for January 2016 coverage. Yet at the same time, we continue to see efforts to repeal the ACA and turn back the clock.
“President Obama has clearly said he will veto this bill. The President’s action will protect Americans from going back to a time when they faced bankruptcy due to lifetime caps on coverage, could be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions or couldn’t qualify for Medicaid coverage when struggling to make ends meet.
“As I travel the country, I consistently hear Americans say that they want Washington to build on the progress we have made to increase access to coverage, drive down the growth of health costs and improve the quality of care. Unfortunately, today’s partisan effort in the House of Representatives to repeal key parts of the ACA, along with its effective defunding of Planned Parenthood, does the opposite. It would roll back historic reductions in the uninsured rate, eliminate reforms that are helping slow health care cost growth and improve quality, reduce access to health care for women and families across the country, and deprive all Americans of the ACA’s improved consumer protections no matter where they buy health insurance.
“Even before this year’s Open Enrollment, 17.6 million Americans gained coverage since provisions of the ACA took effect, and the uninsured rate fell to its lowest level on record. This year, millions of Americans again enrolled in health insurance on the Marketplaces because it is a product people like, want and need.”