Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after President Obama's remarks on benefits of the Affordable Care Act:
“I am glad the President highlighted the savings middle-class families are experiencing as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The health care law is already putting money back in the pockets of millions of Americans, including the 8.5 million who received rebates in 2012 from insurers under the new rule that 80% of premium dollars must be spent on care and not on administrative costs or overhead. In my home state of Maryland alone, 150,000 people received these rebates, with an average of $143 per family.
“In addition, it is encouraging news that the Department of Health and Human Services found in a new study that the preliminary premiums for plans being made available to individuals on states’ new health insurance marketplaces will be, on average, 18% lower than initially anticipated by the Congressional Budget Office. This means that the Affordable Care Act is working as intended – to provide quality, affordable health insurance to Americans. It is a sharp rebuke to House Republicans, who have made it their favorite activity in the Majority to pass bills repealing or delaying the implementation of this law, even while it is lowering costs for middle-class families, expanding access to preventive care for Medicare beneficiaries, ending discrimination against women and against children with pre-existing conditions, and achieving deficit savings.
“Health reform is working, it is the law of our land, and Democrats will continue to make sure that the clock is not turned back to the days when costs were skyrocketing out of control and insurers could discriminate against consumers. With the Affordable Care Act, we are moving America forward.”