Reid: Republicans Need To Face The Facts On Affordable Care Act’s Continued Success

“It’s time for Republicans to stop following Donald Trump’s lead by clamoring for repeal. It takes some nerve for Republicans to come down here, and all say the same thing.”

 “It’s time for Republicans to face the facts. Obamacare is helping tens of millions of Americans and will continue to do so.”

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today about the continued success of the Affordable Care Act. Below are his remarks:

 Last Thursday the Department of Health and Human Services released updated statistics about the number of Americans who now have health insurance. This is Obamacare. The numbers are incredible:

  • Since enactment of the Affordable Care Act, 20 million Americans have gained health care coverage – 20 million.
  • 6.1 million young adults – ages 19-25 – now have health insurance. It wasn’t long ago that everyone said they wouldn’t sign up. Now 6.1 million have signed up.

Before we passed Obamacare, some 50 million people in this nation were without health coverage. Now, because of the Affordable Care Act, 91 percent of Americans are now insured. That’s stunning.

And it’s only getting better. Every day more and more people who were previously without health insurance are now covered. That’s true across racial and ethnic lines. Listen to these stunning statistics:

  • The uninsured rate for African-Americans has dropped by more than 50 percent. That the equivalent of three million newly insured people.
  • The uninsured rate for Hispanics dropped by more than 25 percent, representing four million newly insured Americans.

The evidence is clear: The Affordable Care Act is working. From Nevada to Kentucky, our constituents are getting the quality health care they were promised when Congress pass the Affordable Care Act.

It’s time for Republicans to stop following Donald Trump’s lead by clamoring for repeal. It takes some nerve for Republicans to come down here, and all say the same thing. The American people should listen to what they’re saying: “We got to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. We’ve got to get rid of it.” How disappointing. It’s time for Republicans to face the facts. Obamacare is helping tens of millions of Americans and will continue to do so.