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Congressman Jim McDermott: Statement on the Affordable Care Act

“I wholeheartedly stand with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and State Insurance Commissioner Michael Kreidler in supporting our state’s continued full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

“Like them, I understand the deep frustration and disappointment that some of our citizens are feeling right now. It is devastating to hear from

constituents that are experiencing policy terminations, especially knowing that insurance companies could have grandfathered their plans under the terms of the law…

“Washington State has a robust exchange, and those who are losing the unreliable and deceptive plans of the past can often find real, meaningful coverage for affordable prices there. My office has taken many calls from

constituents who have experienced this exact circumstance….

“At the end of the day, the decision to raise prices, including dropping grandfathered plans to make a bigger profit, lies in the hands of the executives of private insurance companies. Moving forward with implementation of the Affordable Care Act is how we fight unfair and unjustified rate hikes, ensure quality coverage and guarantee access to health care services. Without the Affordable Care Act we will get what we have always had: a sky-high number of uninsured citizens, health plans that few can afford, and coverage that disappears when you need it most. That’s not the health care system the American people want.”

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-7), November 15, 2013

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