This Sunday marks the fourth anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), who authored the portion of the law that created the EARLY Act, a breast cancer early awareness and education program for young women after her own battle against the disease, issued the following statement:
"Four years ago Sunday, the enactment of the Affordable Care Act into law marked a major, historic milestone on the journey to build a more perfect Union.
"The law has already benefited millions of Americans, and will continue to do so as enrollment increases, full benefits are realized, and the cost curve bends even further. There is no getting around these facts for the detractors and naysayers who are incapable of accepting Obamacare as the law of the land and instead continue to put politics before people.
"Women and survivors of major diseases can now secure health care coverage without being discriminated against for having a preexisting condition. Young adults can stay on their parents' insurance until age 26. Getting sick will no longer threaten families with bankruptcy. And seniors are saving thousands of dollars on prescription drugs and are now eligible for Medicare preventative services like mammograms, colonoscopies, and annual wellness visits without having to pay co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.
"I am proud to have been a part of the Congress that finally ensured that health care is a right rather than a privilege. These are real benefits for millions of people, and with each coming year, when even more Americans are covered and benefiting from the reforms of Obamacare, I am wholly confident we will be living in a healthier, more economically secure nation."