For Immediate Release
Friday, March 23, 2018
AFSCME President Lee Saunders on the 8th Anniversary of the ACAWashington, D.C. —
AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued the following statement on the 8-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law:
“Eight years ago, millions of Americans were finally guaranteed the health care coverage they need to live healthy and productive lives without fear if they get sick.
“After eight years of relentless attacks to take away health care, most recently the passing of a cruel tax scam that robbed millions of coverage, the ACA is still here because everyday people, including AFSCME health care professionals and other public service workers, have stood up to defend the health care they know their communities need and deserve. Americans have had enough of the continued attacks by politicians on our health care to line the pockets of billionaires.
“AFSCME members Like Pat Waller, a labor and delivery nurse in Ohio, and Paula Stinyard, an in-home homecare aide in California, work every day to serve their communities and they see firsthand how access to programs like Medicaid, expanded through the ACA, has lifted up hardworking and vulnerable communities.
“We need to make it easier, not harder, for people like Paula and Pat to continue to improve our communities. We need to stabilize the ACA and stop undermining the health and strength of our communities.”