Statement: Senate Health Leader’s Reaction to the Failed Attempts to Repeal the ACA

August 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D., (D-West Covina) issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“Last night's bipartisan vote was a shining example of profiles in courage -- making a decision in the best interests of the people. U.S. Senators cast a historic vote to reject the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Families across the nation are breathing a sigh of relief knowing that their health care is preserved. Now, we can use the ACA as a strong foundation to protect the health and well-being of millions of Americans. Moving forward, we must continue to be vigilant in striving for transparency and bipartisanship to protect the gains we have made and advance the cause of better health care for everyone.”

Background

As Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Senator Hernandez worked on implementation of the ACA policies and the Medicaid expansion in our state. California 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.

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