U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today issued the following statement on the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law on March 23, 2010.
"The passage of the Affordable Care Act marks a defining moment in our country where we decided that access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans should be a right, not a privilege. Since the act's passage, nearly 1.5 million Wisconsinites have received free preventive services, 43,000 young people in the state have been able to stay on their parents' health care plan, and Wisconsin community health centers have received more than $43 million to expand and improve their services. Because of the law, families in Wisconsin will no longer have to worry that a pre-existing condition will prevent them from receiving health insurance, and women in Wisconsin don't have to worry about higher premiums merely due to their gender.
"With all the progress we've made, I find the actions of some politicians in Wisconsin to be highly worrisome. By rejecting federal funding to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin, Governor Walker is removing guaranteed health and economic security for thousands of low-income children, parents and seniors.
"Forcing thousands of Wisconsinites out of BadgerCare while denying the state close to $1.3 billion of economic activity and 10,500 news jobs doesn't make sense. Three years removed from the Affordable Care Act's passage, we need to move beyond the mindless and petty partisan politics, and find ways we can continue to strengthen our health care system for all Wisconsinites."