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Killing the Affordable Care Act will kill people

After many years of planning and work, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted by Congress on March 23, 2010.

The act is also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — more commonly referred to as Obamacare.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, since ACA was enacted, the uninsured rate in Connecticut has fallen by 34 percent, with 110,000 state residents gaining insurance coverage.

The department also points out that along with residents gaining insurance, other residents have gained protections because of ACA.

There are many protections thanks to ACA, including part of ACA that mandates that insurance companies cannot discriminate based on pre-existing conditions, making it illegal for insurance companies to make women pay more than men for policies, prohibiting denying coverage to children based on pre-existing coverage and prohibiting insurance companies from rescinding coverage.

The ACA has also helped to make prescriptions affordable and has provided tax credits for insurance plans.

Is ACA perfect? No.

According to various news sources, this year health insurance premiums increased on average by 22 percent.

Despite this, the ACA remains essential in helping people obtain and keep insurance, with millions of people across the country enrolled.

However, the ACA and people’s access to health care are being threatened by President-elect Donald J. Trump and a slew of Republicans in Congress who want to repeal and ultimately demolish ACA.

In various statements over the past year, Trump has said that he will repeal the ACA by executive order on the first day of his presidency.

It is yet to be seen if Trump will or will not fulfill his promise, just like many of his other boasts and promises that he has made during his campaign.

Repealing the ACA nationally will leave millions of people without health insurance, along with protections enacted by the ACA.

Without the ACA and the private health insurance coverage it mandates and facilitates, millions will lose access to health care, doctors and medicine.

It will also cause the unthinkable: People getting sick and dying due to a lack of health care all across America.

Fortunately, Connecticut’s congressional delegation is steadfast against the repeal of ACA.

However, the Democratic party is outnumbered by the Republican majority in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

This is why we are encouraging you to contact members of both legislative branches who want the ACA repealed to let them know that it should stay.

For a directory of contacts for members of the House of Representatives, visit www.house.gov/representatives.

 

For a directory of contacts for members of the United States Senate, visit www.senate.gov/senators/contact.