US President Joe Biden announced that in the three months since the launch of a special program to expand access to health insurance, one million Americans have taken out insurance.
“Health care is a right, not a privilege, and ensuring that every American has access to the quality and affordable health care they need is the most important task of our country,” Biden said. – Since the Affordable Care Act was passed more than a decade ago, it has been a lifesaver for millions of Americans. The pandemic has demonstrated how badly this law is needed and how important it is that we continue to improve it.”
“On February 15, my administration opened the portal HealthCare.gov, to provide all Americans with the opportunity to take out health insurance during the extended period. Less than three months have passed since then, and I am pleased to report that one million Americans have taken advantage of this opportunity. This means that one million more Americans now have the peace of mind that health insurance provides. A million more Americans no longer need to lie awake at night worrying about what will happen to them or their families if they get sick. Thanks to this expanded enrollment opportunity, we have made tremendous progress in expanding access to health insurance,” the President said.
“There is still enough time to register, and I encourage everyone who needs health insurance to go to the portal HealthCare.gov until August 15. If you are already insured, you can help uninsured family or friends get insurance,” the head of the White House added.
“Providing insurance coverage to more Americans is an important part of the equation, but we also need to reduce health care costs,” he said. – My American Rescue Plan has reduced premiums for the nine million Americans who buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act, saving families an average of $ 50 per person per month. The costs that Americans cover on their own are also being reduced. Starting April 1, the average deductible amount for Americans who have taken out new insurance for HealthCare.gov, down almost 90 percent to $ 50.”
According to the president, his family assistance plan will continue to work in this direction to make health care more affordable, including by maintaining the discounts on insurance premiums provided for by the “American Rescue Plan.” “Today’s milestone demonstrates that there is a demand for quality and affordable health insurance across the country. Congress should listen to the needs of the population and adopt a plan to support American families as soon as possible,” the president concluded.