The Affordable Care Act
Nearly a century passed after President Teddy Roosevelt first called for health care reform in our country and when the President signed the Affordable Care Act into law. As costs went up, more and more Americans were without insurance– they simply couldn’t afford it. Those of us fortunate enough to have health insurance ended up paying a “hidden tax” to cover the costs of the uninsured when they became sick.
The Affordable Care Act was developed after dozens of hearings were held by multiple committees and hundreds of expert witnesses representing every point of view across the ideological spectrum testified. On March 21, 2010, Rep. Eshoo was proud to vote for H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148).
Rep. Eshoo has fought tirelessly to protect the Affordable Care Act from regulatory and legislative attacks. In March 2016, as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Eshoo battled for 27 hours during debate on the American Health Care Act ¸legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. While the American Health Care Act was passed out of the House by a vote of 217 to 213 on May 4th, efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act stalled in the Senate and the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land.
Where can you purchase health insurance?
Beginning in 2014, individuals and families gained many new options for health insurance through Covered California. For families that qualify, financial assistance helps make health insurance more affordable. Covered California sells a variety of health plans at different price points for individuals and small businesses.