Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi tours the South of Market Health Center, which opened it doors in March 2011 and serves twice the number of patients as the existing health center with the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Democrats believe that affordable, quality health care must be a right – not a privilege – for every American.
House Democrats have stood strong against years of partisan Republican attempts to sabotage Americans’ health care – fighting in the Congress, the courts and the court of public opinion against the Trump and Congressional GOP efforts to dismantle life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions, drive up health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs for families across America, and weaken quality affordable care, all while giving massive tax breaks to Big Pharma.
In the 116th Congress, our Democratic Majority protected families’ health care with landmark legislation, including H.R. 3, The Lower Drug Costs Now Act. This transformational bill delivers life-changing savings for patients, employers and taxpayers, empowers Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices and make those prices available to people with private insurance, and frees Americans from having to pay more for their prescriptions than what Big Pharma charges in other countries for the same medicines. House Democrats also built on the promise of the landmark ACA by passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, to strengthen that landmark law. The ACA Enhancement Act lowers Americans' health care costs, significantly increasing affordability subsidies to be more generous and cover more middle class families, while also expanding coverage to more vulnerable communities – particularly communities of color.
Now, working with the new Biden-Harris Administration and new Senate Democratic Majority, our Democratic House will press forward with our bold, health care agenda. We will work to reverse Congressional Republicans’ health care sabotage to protect and expand on the success of the Affordable Care Act, updating and improving this transformative health law so that we can lower families’ premiums, prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs, and further expand life-saving coverage for all.