Washington, DC — Ahead of Monday’s House floor vote for the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act,” a landmark bill introduced by House Democrats to improve health care for Americans by building on key provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Protect Our Care is releasing two new fact sheets highlighting how building on the ACA by lowering costs and expanding coverage will help Black and Latino communities across the country. The fact sheets show overwhelming evidence of the Affordable Care Act’s historic contribution to improving health care for communities of color, particularly for Black Americans and Latinos.
Protect Our Care is releasing these fact sheets in the wake of the Trump administration and Republican attorneys general filing briefs in their lawsuit to overturn the ACA yesterday. In these briefs they argued in favor of ripping health care from more than 23 million Americans and protections for 135 million with pre-existing conditions – a move that would devastate Black and Latino communities across the country.
“The Affordable Care Act has increased coverage and improved health outcomes for Black and Latino communities, but President Trump wants to take that all away,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “Black and Latino communities are bearing much of the brunt of the coronavirus crisis and deserve more — not less — accessible and affordable health care, which is what House Democrats are doing by building on the successes of the Affordable Care Act. While President Trump and his Republican allies plow ahead with a lawsuit to rip health care away from 23 million Americans and protections from 135 million people with pre-existing conditions, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats will be voting on legislation to expand coverage, lower costs and reduce health care disparities that will help Black and Latino communities get the care they need during the worst public health crisis in a century.”