Email update: This is about people's lives.
I sent an email update on Thursday on the latest I'm doing to lower health care costs and expand access to care. Join my email updates today so you don't miss any in the future!
As a doctor, I know folks have concerns about the rising cost of health care. Today, I wanted to let you know what I plan on doing about it.
No one should worry that an unexpected medical bill could threaten their future.Washington politicians are still pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but we know this would only make matters worse. Non-partisan experts found that repealing Affordable Care Act would kick tens of millions off their health care and costs would skyrocket.
We need real solutions to fix our health care challenges – not more Washington games. That's why I introduced the Pathway to Universal Coverage Act and the Easy Enrollment Act to fix what isn’t working and make it better.
These two bills would lower the cost of health care and expand access. You can click here to learn more about them.
Americans deserve health care reform that protects their existing coverage, expands enrollment, and reduces costs.
The Pathway to Universal Coverage Act helps states enroll people in health coverage. By automatically connecting folks who qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act to a health plan, we can expand coverage to millions who are already eligible for help but haven’t signed up. Under this bill, consumers would have total control and could opt-out if they found something that’s better for their own situation.
I also introduced the Easy Enrollment Act, which would maximize coverage by aligning health care open enrollment with tax season. Right now, enrollment is during the holidays when folks are busy and the most financially strained. By aligning tax season and open enrollment, families will have the most up-to-date financial information to make informed decisions. This simple fix could improve the lives of millions of Americans.
Health care isn't about politics – it’s about people's lives. That's why I've been so disappointed by how the Trump Administration has undermined the Affordable Care Act at every turn. They withheld payments that lower deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, cut outreach that helps people sign up for coverage, and blocked access to women's health care. These political games have led to higher costs and lost coverage. They need to stop. Our job is to work together on real solutions that'll actually make a positive impact in people’s lives.
I’ll continue to work with people of good faith in both parties to make progress. That’s what Making Government Work for Sacramento County is all about.
Please feel free to contact me and share your views or ask a question.
Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress