CONCORD, NH - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley today released the following statement on the two year anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Affordable Care Act - which to date has helped millions of middle class families, seniors, and young people receive quality affordable health care:
"Two years ago with the stroke of a pen, President Obama achieved what no other president had accomplished for decades - comprehensive reforms that improve access to affordable health care coverage for all Americans and end the worst insurance company abuses," said Buckley. "No longer will insurers be able to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, charge women more than men for the same coverage, or place a dollar amount on how much coverage a person can receive for essential health benefits."
"President Obama kept his word and because of his tireless commitment to health care reform. Right now, Medicare is stronger for 47 million Americans, women can now get free life-saving preventive services such as mammograms, children won't lose their coverage just because they were born with pre-existing conditions like asthma, and an additional 2.5 million young adults now have insurance because they can stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26 - also at no additional cost."
"For these Americans, President Obama's leadership stands in stark contrast to his Republican rivals, all of whom have said they would repeal this critical legislation if they were to become President. The GOP frontrunner, Mitt Romney, continues to follow an Etch A Sketch strategy to secure the Republican nomination - saying we should repeal health care reform while hoping that voters will forget he signed similar legislation as Governor of Massachusetts. Romney even said at the time that his bill should be a 'model' for national health reform," said Buckley.
"Instead of arguing for strengthening and preserving Medicare, Mitt Romney has decided to embrace the Romney-Ryan budget which would repeal the Affordable Care Act, allow insurance companies to discriminate against consumers again, turn Medicare into a voucher program and increase health care costs on seniors by thousands of dollars. Time and again, Mitt Romney has shown he has no core values and will say anything to get elected - even if it means turning his back on policies he once supported and making seniors foot the bill to cover tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans."
"Thankfully, Americans can count on President Obama and Democrats to stand up for them and their health care-and the Affordable Care Act, which turns two years old today, will ensure that Americans have affordable and reliable access to health care for generations to come," said Buckley.