Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would hurt Michiganians

Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436
January 19, 2011

Statement from Michigan League President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs on the pending vote to repeal federal health care reform:

The majority in the U.S. House is poised to vote to repeal the health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act. This would take away recently implemented protections and coverage, as well as future protections and coverage, from millions of people. Ironically, members of Congress themselves currently enjoy health care coverage security with their comprehensive benefits.

The Affordable Care Act, with its focus on affordable coverage, is particularly critical for Michigan. Michigan ranks No. 1 in the number of people, nearly 1 million, who have lost employer-sponsored coverage over the period 2000-2001 to 2008-2009. Thousands of residents have gained new coverage or peace of mind from provisions of the law that have been implemented. Hundreds of thousands more will gain coverage by 2014 when the law is fully implemented.

Recent polls indicate that Americans do not want the law repealed. We strongly urge members of Congress to move forward with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, stand up for their constituents, and keep Americans on the pathway to economic and health security by opposing passage of H.R. 2.”

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The Michigan League for Human Services is a nonprofit, nonpartisan statewide policy and advocacy group for low-income citizens. It has a network of 1,500 individuals and organizations from business, labor, human service professions, faith-based organizations as well as concerned citizens.