On 11th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Sarbanes Works to Build on Landmark Health Care Reforms and Expand Coverage for All Americans [Video]

March 23, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) marked the 11th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by signaling new efforts to provide all Americans with universal access to high-quality and affordable health care.

“One of the things that the American Rescue Plan (ARP) did was it built, as we know, on the Affordable Care Act in significant ways – potentially transformative ways,” said Congressman Sarbanes, Vice Chair of House Health Subcommittee. “[The American Rescue Plan] 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 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 concluded: “We've talked about how we could build on the foundation of the ACA – strengthen it, expand it, lift it up higher…. The American Rescue Plan has shown that there really is a path forward to expand coverage and to view the ACA as that bedrock, and I think we can learn from that … and continue to offer great ideas to strengthen and improve coverage for all Americans.”

See below for a video of the Congressman’s remarks.