Maryland Democrats Pay Tribute to AFA on 11th Anniversary
Rep. John Sarbanes, D-MD, marked the 11th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tuesday by discussing how the legislation has been strengthened thanks to the passage of American Rescue Plan (ARP), the $1.6 trillion relief package signed into law earlier this month. Speaking at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, Sarbanes said the coronavirus relief bill is another step in achieving the goals of the AFA, helping more Americans gain access to high-quality and affordable health care. “One of the things the American Rescue Plan did was it built, as we know, on the Affordable Care Act in significant ways - potentially transformative ways,” said Sarbanes, who is the vice chair of the House Health Subcommittee. “(The ARP) made it possible for more Americans to access, in an affordable way, health care coverage at a time when they were struggling financially.” Sarbanes continued: “It (the ARP) expands the ACA’s tax subsidies – including, for the first time, Americans above 400 percent of the federal poverty line. And we know that this has been a real issue for families across the country. So, the ARP was a meaningful response to that challenge.” Sarbanes said he hopes the ARP is just the latest of several steps that will further the goals of the ACA.