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Health Care Reform

The League of Women Voters and the Affordable Care Act

Support for the Affordable Care Act

In 1993, the League of Women Voters adopted a position calling for a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost being available to all U.S. residents. Over the past 20 years, we have lobbied hard for passage of comprehensive health care reform and celebrated success when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed Congress, was signed into law by President Obama, and upheld by the Supreme Court.

With the implementation of the ACA, and the opening of Health Care Exchanges, State and local Leagues throughout the country have been working to get the word out to the American people about the law and its pivotal impact on their lives. Leagues have also been at the forefront of efforts to assure that state governments work with, not against, the ACA in bringing health care coverage to all. Some have held public education meetings, some have produced brochures, and some have initiated litigation to fight against attempts to undermine the ACA.

The Affordable Care Act has already made a difference in the lives of many Americans. Children are no longer denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, young adults can stay on their parents' health plans as dependents until age 26 and Medicare participants will have annual check-ups and mammograms. As of October 1, many uninsured Americans began to sign up on the exchanges, and we are one step closer to health care for all.

(Excerpted from LWVUS Leaders' Update, Oct. 2013)