Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) released the following statement celebrating the third anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
"Three years after the enactment of this landmark health care law, millions of Americans are already reaping the benefits. The Affordable Care Act has helped Americans of all ages, and all walks of life, by ensuring access to affordable, quality health care.
"The ACA is providing American families, students and seniors more security by holding insurance companies accountable, bringing down health care costs, and ensuring individuals are able to enroll in health insurance. Over the past three years, the law has helped over 3 million young people, who otherwise would be uninsured, gain coverage under their parents' health plans. By providing these young people the security of health insurance, the ACA is allowing an entire generation the ability to start adulthood on a more secure footing.
"The ACA is also helping keep our country's promise to our seniors, ensuring that those who have worked hard and played by the rules all their lives do not have to choose between paying for groceries, and paying for their prescription drugs. Over 6 million seniors in the "donut hole' have already saved over $5.7 billion on their prescription drugs. And 34 million seniors in Medicare have received free preventive services, helping keep them healthy and slowing the growth in health care costs.
"There is no question that the Affordable Care Act has made huge strides toward fixing our nation's broken health care system. And as we move toward full implementation of the law in 2014 we will continue to see more Americans gain access to affordable, quality health insurance. Starting in 2014, the ACA will finally end discrimination against people with preexisting conditions. No longer will 129 million Americans with health conditions have to live in fear of seeing their rates hiked or losing their coverage all together. Also starting in 2014, being a woman will no longer be considered a preexisting condition, and insurers will no longer be able to charge women higher premiums than men.
"This law has helped millions of Americans and will help even more starting in 2014. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure this law is properly implemented and its benefits are felt by all."