WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, issued the following statement on President Biden’s executive order to expand access to the Affordable Care Act:
“We are thrilled to celebrate President Biden’s executive order today that will expand access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to one million more people. This action was one of the principal asks on our executive action agenda to lower health care costs, and will close a loophole that has left too many middle class and lower income families without access to affordable health care. It will have a particular impact for women, who are the majority of those effectively locked out of the ACA marketplace, as well as children, many of whom are falling through the gap between the ACA and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As we continue the fight for Medicare For All — because health care is a right, not a privilege — this is an important step that will ensure millions more get care they need now.
“With costs on the rise and corporations continuing to squeeze working families, actions like today’s are exactly what we need from President Biden to provide immediate, tangible economic relief. This family glitch fix follows the rescission of Title 42, the proposed SEC rule requiring climate disclosures, and the invocation of the Defense Production Act — all part of the CPC’s executive action agenda — and we encourage the administration to continue to embrace its unique power to lower costs, raise wages, and deliver for all who call this country home.”