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Protecting Access to Healthcare Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. CLAY. I thank the gentleman from Michigan for yielding.

Madam Chair, my friends on the other side of the aisle want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Since straight-out repeal didn't work, they are trying to dismantle it bit by bit. I'd like to focus on the effects of the ACA, or the Affordable Care Act, on women's health.

The ACA is the greatest improvement for women's health in decades. The health care needs of women are greater. Historically, women have played a central role in coordinating health care for family members. Here are just some of the ways that the ACA, a bill that I am proud to have helped pass, will improve women's health:

Women will not have to pay more than men for the same insurance policies. Imagine that. Women will not be denied coverage because they are sick or have preexisting conditions. Oh, that's an improvement. Women will be guaranteed preventive services with no deductibles or co-pays. More low-income women will have timely access to family-planning services. Wow, miracle of miracles. Nursing mothers will have the right to a reasonable break time and a place to express breast milk at work. Pregnant and parenting women on Medicaid will get access to needed services. That would be an improvement. Senior women will save thousands of dollars as reform closes the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap. And women will be able to comparison shop when choosing health plans for their families. Family caregivers, who are typically women, will benefit from new supports that help them care for their loved ones while also taking care of themselves.

Madam Chair, as a son, as a father, and as an American, I strongly support the ACA and its improvements to health care for everyone, especially women. Dismantling the act, whether through immediate repeal, lawsuits, or piece by piece, means losing those improvements, and that is unacceptable.

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