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Biden campaign launching Affordable Care Act anniversary events across Pennsylvania, nationwide

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Kim Lyons, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
March 20, 2024

To mark the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the Biden-Harris campaign is launching a series of events across Pennsylvania and seven other swing states, to rally support for the landmark health care law even as former President Donald Trump has renewed his calls to overturn it. 

Then-President Barack Obama signed the ACA into law in 2010, providing health care coverage for Americans regardless of preexisting health conditions or employment status. It allowed young people up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ health care coverage. 

During his term, Trump sought to “repeal and replace” the law largely viewed as his predecessor’s signature accomplishment, but was not able to do so even with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress. The law remains popular with voters according to a February tracking poll from KFF Health, particularly the provision that prevents denial of  coverage for preexisting conditions. 

The White House said in January that 21.3 million people had signed up for health care coverage under the ACA. More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians have coverage under the ACA, with more than 419,000 Pennsylvanians enrolling in 2024, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, has said on the campaign trail that he wants to seek an alternative to the ACA, also known as Obamacare. “We’re going to fight for much better health care than Obamacare. Obamacare is a catastrophe,” Trump said at a January campaign stop in Iowa. 

As part of the push to spotlight the ACA in Pennsylvania, the Biden campaign is hosting events across the state with elected officials, health care professionals and people affected by ACA coverage. The campaign says the speakers will emphasize the contrast between Trump’s statements to overturn the ACA,  and Biden’s “efforts to expand access to health care and to cut costs for families.”

The officials include state Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) in Philadelphia; Lt. Gov. Austin Davis in Pittsburgh; state Sen. Maria Collett (D-Montgomery), and state Rep. Arvind Venkat (D-Allegheny) — who is also a physician — and Rep. Bridget Kosierowski (D-Lackawanna) in Harrisburg. Kosierowski will also appear at an event in Scranton. State College Mayor Ezra Nanes and Erie City Councilor Charles Nelson will appear at ACA campaign events in their cities. 

“Donald Trump is running to kill the Affordable Care Act, gutting Pennsylvanians’ health care access and raising costs,” Biden campaign spokesperson Jack Doyle said in a statement Wednesday. “It’s a stark contrast from Joe Biden, who was instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act and took on Big Pharma to further lower health care costs for seniors and families.”

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