Release: California Senate Leader and Health Chair Call on Congress to Reject ACA Repeal Without Adequate Replacement

March 13, 2017

Senate Resolution 26 also calls on Congress to allow comprehensive public review before a vote on the Republican plan  

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Chair of the Senate Health Committee Dr. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) introduced Senate Resolution 26 calling on Congress to reject any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unless it’s replaced with a plan that meets the standards President Trump called for during his campaign: that not one American will lose coverage and that coverage will be more affordable and of higher quality for all Americans.

In the resolution, the California State Senate affirms its strong support for the ACA and urges Congress not vote on any measure that would jeopardize the health of millions of Americans by pushing through irresponsible policy in late-night hearings, but instead allow for a comprehensive public review of any replacement measure so that the public can have an opportunity for input and have their concerns heard.

“As it stands currently, the GOP replacement plan will lead to families losing coverage and paying higher out-of-pocket costs. The only people who stand to benefit from the Republican proposal are the wealthy, with a huge tax cut,” said Senator Hernandez. “We need to stand behind the hard working Californians that will suffer from a poorly designed ACA repeal that violates Republican campaign pledges,”

“The Republicans’ repeal plan would destroy the ability of millions of Americans to access affordable, comprehensive health benefits,” said President pro Tempore De León. “President Trump once said everyone should be covered --- he has now undoubtedly broken his promise.”

California has led the nation in the implementation of health care reform and has experienced the largest percentage point decline in the uninsured rate of any state – a drop from 17.2 percent in 2013 to 7.1 percent in 2016. Nearly 3.7 million individuals have health coverage through the Medi-Cal expansion and more than 1.4 million people have coverage through Covered California.

SR 26 will be heard in Senate Health Committee and the Senate floor today. To schedule an interview, please contact Diana Crofts-Pelayo at Diana.Crofts-Pelayo@sen.ca.gov.

Senator Hernandez has been traveling the state, speaking to residents about the importance of fighting to protect the Affordable Care Act and comprehensive healthcare services.

Background on Senator Hernandez’ efforts to protect the ACA: