Bill Provides Desperately Needed COVID Relief Including Historic Health Care Provisions

Washington, DC — Today, the House Democrats passed the American Rescue Plan, a historic step toward strengthening the Affordable Care Act and providing desperately needed pandemic relief, despite Republicans’ attempts to block it. The American Rescue Plan includes key health care provisions that will lower health care costs, expand coverage, and incentivize holdout states to expand Medicaid. In response, Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach issued the following statement:

“This is a historic day for American health care. The American Rescue Plan will lower health insurance premiums for millions, get more Americans covered, and help address racial inequities. After four years of Republican efforts to sabotage and repeal the Affordable Care Act, the American people now are seeing the results they need and want. Elections matter. The American Rescue Plan is absolutely essential to beating this pandemic and rebuilding our economy, and it has overwhelming bipartisan support, in red states and blue states. Americans want vaccines in people’s arms, cash into families’ pockets, and kids back to school.  \But Republicans would rather play politics with our jobs and our lives than listen to the voices of their constituents. Democrats are using every tool available to them to get Americans relief, and Republicans should be ashamed of trying to block these efforts.”