Today's hearing is focused on the
Every Thursday when the
It doesn't say anything about 'when I didn't have any health care coverage or couldn't afford coverage, did you do anything about it?' But I think the message is the same. We have a moral obligation to the least of these in our society. And not just to people who are homeless or people who don't have anything to eat, but also to people who work hard but, before the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, didn't have access to decent health care.
The responsibility we have to look out for 'the least of these' drives much of my work in
The good news is that
Over 11 million Americans have enrolled in coverage through the health insurance Marketplace. Ten million more Americans now have coverage through
The Affordable Care Act is also helping to reform our nation's insurance market and control the growth of premiums, saving Americans money. The Affordable Care Act prohibits individuals from being denied coverage because of preexisting conditions, prohibits lifetime limits on care, prohibits women from being charged more for insurance because they are pregnant or may become pregnant, requires minimum levels of coverage, and requires coverage of preventative services without a copay.
Our job today is to determine what we can do to improve the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the
For the past five years, funding for the
As Commissioner Koskinen will soon testify, those cuts have had real consequences. In 2014, taxpayers calling the
The president's budget request of
I agree that the
By all accounts, the
I believe the Affordable Care Act has improved our nation's health care, but no law is perfect, nor is its implementation. One of my key principles is, 'If it's not perfect, make it better.' I know Commissioner Koskinen and his team are working to address the
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