As Trump Calls for ACA Repeal, Record Numbers of Americans Enroll in Affordable Coverage
Washington, D.C. — Today, the Biden Administration announced that a record 21.3 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces – over nine million more than when President Biden took office. Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act lowering health insurance premiums, 80 percent of enrollees were able to find a health plan through the Marketplace for $10 or less per month. Additional sign-ups are still expected in state-based marketplaces with extended deadlines and HHS will update final enrollment numbers in the coming weeks.
At the same time, Donald Trump’s victory in New Hampshire last night has laid the path for another Trump run for the presidency, putting the ACA in grave danger once again. In response, Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach issued the following statement:
“The Affordable Care Act is now woven into the fabric of America. More than 21 million people are enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage on the ACA exchanges today because of the tireless efforts of President Biden and Democratic lawmakers. Health insurance gives people peace of mind knowing they won’t go bankrupt over an injury or illness, and lower premiums means more money is in the pockets of hardworking families.
President Biden lowered costs and invested in outreach, helping folks who have historically been left behind, like rural Americans, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities. Importantly, Democrats lowered health insurance premiums through the Inflation Reduction Act, helping millions of people afford their coverage. It’s critical that those tax credits are made permanent.
Unfortunately, this victory comes as Donald Trump has all but secured the Republican nomination, putting the ACA at risk once again of repeal and sabotage. It is unconscionable that Trump and his MAGA allies are promising to rip all of this progress away. The American people are sending a clear message: they want and need the affordable health care made possible by the ACA.”