Expanding access to quality, affordable health care has been one of Zoe’s driving causes as an elected official. She supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare - as a step in the right direction towards this goal, particularly for working Americans who could not previously afford health care.
The Affordable Care Act provides health care insurance for more than 20 million individuals across America, and Zoe opposes any heedless dismantling of good health policies that would jeopardize the well-being of families and individuals currently covered by this plan. Zoe opposed the Republican Affordble Care Act replacement plan which would increase the cost of health care premiums for middle-class Americans while providing tax breaks for the top 1% of taxpayers. Their legislation would also speed up the Medicare Trust Fund's insolvency by 4 years, enable insurance companies to penalize individuals for lapses in coverage, and elminate funding for Planned Parenthood to provide affordable health care services for women. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 24 million Americans would be uninsured by 2026 under the Republicans' failed proposal.
While the Trump Administration and the Republican Congress have made repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the protections the law provides a top priority, their actions have not succeeded in altering the law's core provisions. It is important to note that while the Republican "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" repealed the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and associated tax penalty for certain individuals not enrolled in a health insurance plan, this will not take effect until 2019.
Medicare for All:
Zoe is a member of the Medicare for All Congressional Caucus and supports efforts to make health care more affordable for and accessible to everyone. She believes expanding Medicare to all Americans is a good way to accomplish that. Several proposals have already been introduced in Congress for this effort.
- H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act;
- H.R. 2452, the Medicare for America Act;
- H.R. 2085, the Consumer Health Options and Insurance Competition Enhancement (CHOICE) Act; and
- H.R. 1346, the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act.
The introduction of a bill is just the beginning of the legislative process. Each of these bills need further work. But, Zoe hopes to help move the conversation forward as Congress debates the best way to address this issue.
You can find a resolution by Zoe on realizing Medicare for All here.
You can find a Vox news analysis of the differences between these bills here.
Healthcare Reform and California:
Individuals and families in California now have many options for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act through the California marketplace called "Covered California." For qualifying individuals and families, financial assistance helps make health insurance more affordable.
The Covered California marketplace is designed for Californians who do not have health insurance and for those who purchase insurance in the individual market. The marketplace also offers private plans. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, you can no longer be denied or canceled for a pre-existing medical condition or illness under any of these plans, or any others purchased elsewhere, or through your workplace.
You can shop for insurance and sign up for the plan of your choice during the annual open-enrollment period, which begans on October 15, 2019. A single application will let you know if you qualify for Covered California or Medi-Cal coverage. During the year, Californians may be eligible to sign up for a plan due to a qualifying life-changing event, like getting married, having a child or moving. Medi-Cal enrollment is year-round.
You can learn more about the Affordable Care Act and the coverage available through the Covered California website or by calling the Covered California Service Center at (800) 300-1506.
CoveredCA.com: the official website of Covered California, the official state marketplace for affordable private health insurance.
- Coverage Basics
- Health Plan Booklet for Individuals and Families
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Ways to Contact Covered California
- Find help with Covered Califrornia near you
Estimate Your cost for health insurance: Covered California has a Shop and Compare tool to help you estimate how much it will cost for you and your family to purchase health insurance and the amount of financial assistance that you may be eligible to receive. This tool is for the purpose of obtaining an estimate only.
Information for Small Businesses: Covered California makes affordable health coverage available to small-business employers and their employees. Visit the Covered California for Small Business [http://www.coveredca.com/forsmallbusiness/] for more information.
Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions: In addition to healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act contains tax provisions with important changes, including changes to how individuals and families file their taxes. To learn more about the tax provisions that affect you, your family, or your small business, please visit: https://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act.
More on Health Care
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement this afternoon after House Republicans' Trumpcare bill to take health coverage away from 24 million Americans passed the House:
"Today Republicans jammed through a bill that's very wrong. It's a $600 billion tax cut for the wealthiest Americans which throws millions of people off their health care insurance. It raises costs and lowers care which is why patient groups including cancer survivors oppose it."
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