Today's announcement that health insurance rates in the Covered California marketplace will increase next year at a far lower rate than before the federal health care law was enacted is further evidence that the Affordable Care Act is having a positive effect on individuals and families in California and across the country, said Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), senior Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
"Before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, consumers were at the mercy of double digits rate increases year after year, millions had no financial assistance to purchase their insurance, and families had their policies canceled just when they needed care the most," said Miller, a co-author of the historic law. "Today's announcement by the Covered California marketplace shows that those days are done. Covered California gives California families the assurance that year after year they will be able to shop for affordable, quality health plans with guaranteed benefits."
Miller said the contrast could not be more stark between what Democrats and President Obama have done to help consumers access quality health care and what Republicans in Congress are doing to take that care away.
"We passed health care reform, leading to some of the smallest premium rate increases and greatest amount of coverage ever, while Republicans are suing the President of the United States to try to take your health care away," Miller said. "The evidence clearly shows that the Affordable Care Act is working for millions of Americans, making health insurance coverage more accessible and more affordable."