August 29, 2016/News

The GOP Promise: Take Health Care Away From 20 Million People With No Plan To Replace It

More than six years after it was signed, Connecticut Republicans are yet again campaigning on a promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, according to the Hartford Courant. While this should come as a shock to no one, it is particularly head-scratching in Connecticut, as – under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Democrats – the state has seen the most successful ACA implementation in the nation.

Per the Courant:

In Connecticut, the number of people covered by health insurance has increased steadily since the Affordable Care Act was implemented: U.S. Census figures from October of 2015 found that 3.8 percent of residents were uninsured, a sharp improvement from 9.4 percent in 2013 and 6.9 percent in 2014.

Nationally, over 20 million people have gained access to health coverage thanks to the ACA, and in 2015 the number of uninsured Americans dropped below 10 percent for the first time ever.

For the past six years, Republicans have predicted doom and gloomintroduced catchy slogans, and voted repeatedly to repeal the ACA. What they haven’t done, however, is put forward a real replacement plan.

“It is amazing that – much like their party leader Donald Trump – the Republicans running for Congress in Connecticut are literally promising to take quality, affordable health insurance away from more than 20 million Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents. This is yet another example of the Republican Party putting their own political gains before the needs of everyday people. We need to re-elect our Democratic representatives who will work to strengthen – not weaken – the Affordable Care Act.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby