Saturday was the 9 year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Over 20 million Americans are insured today due to the ACA.
I remember finally taking a break after an 8-month sprint-marathon, sitting with Matt Singer and a few others on March 23rd, 2010 and watching Congress tally the votes.
I remember when I was splitting wood in June 2012, took a break and checked my phone to find that the Supreme Court did not destroy the ACA. I remember the day in 2015 when we passed Medicaid expansion in Montana and I remember the day the CMS finally decided to grant us a waiver and allow us to implement it in Montana.
I agree with Governor Bullock:
On the 9th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, I’m grateful for the lifeline it gave to 96,000 Montanans when we expanded Medicaid in 2015. There is too much at stake to not continue expansion in Montana. The healthcare of our friends & neighbors depend on it.
— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) March 24, 2019
The Affordable Care Act has survived countless attacks in Congress, the states, and the courts since its passage in 2010, including President Trump and Senator Daines relentless efforts to repeal, weaken, and dismantle the law piece by piece over the past two years.
While ACA opponents claim to care about protecting people with pre-existing conditions, tackling the opioid crisis that is destroying millions of lives and making health care more affordable, their actions tell a different story.
Like Steve Daines who says he cares about pre-existing conditions, yet has voted to repeal the ACA while in Congress and the Senate. He even voted to shutdown the Government in an attempt to gut the ACA.
Maybe this is why Steve Daines is more than happy to let President Trump slander the memory of a veteran and deceased U.S. Senator in John McCain.
McCain cast the vote that made sure the Senate Republicans could not pass a repeal bill in 2017 with his now famous thumbs down that saved the day.
Rather than celebrating the ACA and Medicaid expansion that expanded coverage for over 20 million Americans and provided essential health benefits and pre-existing condition protections for millions more, they keep trying to take away our healthcare and roll back rules that protect patients from the worst insurance company abuses. Trump’s 2020 budget proposal, released just days before the ACA’s anniversary, is the latest example of healthcare hypocrisy.
In Montana, 96,000 Montanans gained coverage through state Medicaid expansion, bringing the number of uninsured people to a historic low in our state.
Thanks to the ACA’s consumer protection provisions, over 50 million people who have pre-existing conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, mental illness, and more can no longer be charged more for coverage and treatment.
Because of the passage of the ACA nine years ago today, a Montanan with a pre-existing condition can’t be denied health insurance.
Democrats and Republicans know that’s a good thing. https://t.co/YoBJPDDhsO
— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) March 23, 2019