|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2021
Four Years to the Day, Republicans in the U.S. House Voted to Repeal the Affordable Care Act, which was Saving my Life
DENVER—Today, Health Care Voices Founder and Affordable Care Act advocate Laura Packard released a statement underscoring the fourth anniversary of a majority of Republicans in the U.S. House voting to repeal the legislation that saved her life:
“I had been self-employed for the better part of a decade when I was diagnosed with stage-4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the spring of 2017. At the time, I was living in Nevada and had enrolled in a market-rate policy under the Affordable Care Act—a decision that ended up saving my life. The day after my first chemotherapy appointment, a majority of Republicans in the U.S. House voted to dismantle the very legislation keeping me alive and ensuring that my care, and the care of millions of others, was affordable.
Many aspects of American health care, like lowering prescription drug costs, high out-of-pocket costs and deductibles, and covering 4 million Americans that fall into the coverage gap in the 12 hold-out states that refused to expand Medicaid, are still in need of reform. However, the fact that the ACA survived four long years of repeal attempts is no small feat. From protecting people with pre-existing conditions to defending women’s health care, the Affordable Care Act is a lifeline for millions of Americans.
The Affordable Care Act saved my life, and will continue to save lives for years to come. The Supreme Court ruling on the future of the ACA is imminent, and the courts must defend this crucial law.”