Today, the White House announced that more than 7 million people signed up for private health plans during the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment season, surpassing the Congressional Budget Office’s early projections. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“In the last six months, more than seven million Americans signed up for private health care plans through the federal and state exchanges. Yesterday’s open enrollment deadline concludes an extraordinary education campaign by the administration, elected officials, community leaders, friends, and families to encourage enrollees to take advantage of the quality, affordable health care available under the Affordable Care Act. These enrollees represent just a fraction of those Americans already benefitting from the Affordable Care Act’s protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, savings on prescription drugs for seniors, and young adults allowed to stay on their parents’ plans.
“The late surge in enrollment to surpass the seven million enrollee milestone means Americans are increasingly discovering the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and how it works for them. Unfortunately, Republicans continue to double down on their repeal obsession and spend taxpayer money and time working to undermine the law that benefits millions of Americans. Instead of celebrating more Americans with health insurance, Republicans would rather take this newfound security away and go back to a broken health care system. In contrast, Democrats will continue to strengthen this law so all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.”