Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Department of Health and Human Services released information on the health insurance marketplace enrollment numbers through March 1:
“More than 4.2 million Americans have now enrolled in health insurance plans through the federal and state health insurance marketplaces, including more than a million young people between the ages of 18-34. In February alone, 943,000 people signed up for affordable, quality coverage made possible by the Affordable Care Act. That law has also enabled Americans under age twenty-six to be covered under their parents’ plans, prevented insurance companies from discriminating against women and individuals with pre-existing conditions, and banned annual and lifetime limits on coverage. It is also slowing the growth of health care costs and contributing to deficit reduction that helps put our country back on a path to fiscal sustainability.
“Democrats will continue to defend the Affordable Care Act against efforts to repeal or undermine it. I hope Republicans will abandon their insistence on taking vote after vote to do so, the fiftieth vote having occurred just last week, and instead work with Democrats to implement and strengthen the law.”