Any American who has struggled to pay a medical bill or worried about losing their health insurance knows that access to affordable healthcare is a family issue. While we have made progress towards expanding health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, more work remains. In the richest country on the planet, no one should have to go without healthcare.
Tim believes healthcare is a basic right for all Americans, not a privilege. While President Trump and Congressional Republicans have repeatedly tried to dismantle the ACA, including asking the Supreme Court to entirely invalidate it, Tim Ryan has proudly supported the Affordable Care Act. And he will continue to work and promote legislation that seeks to expand quality, affordable health care. The consequences of repealing the ACA would be devastating for working Ohioans. Over 64,000 Ohioans who have gained health insurance through the ACA could lose coverage, 4.8 million Ohioans could once again be denied health coverage due to a pre-existing condition, and the Ohio families who have saved an average of $2,300 thanks to slower premium growth since the ACA became law could be hit with higher premiums and deductibles.
In Congress, Tim has fought to defend access to affordable care for Ohio’s working families. Working across the aisle, he supported legislation to make meaningful investments in life-saving medical research to help find cures to chronic and rare diseases. Tim also understands that we must invest not just in healthcare, but in the health and wellness of the American people as well. Tim has supported legislation that promotes wellness and nutrition in our healthcare system and opposed partisan attempts to cut the Affordable Care Act’s investment in preventative medicine and substance abuse treatment.
Taking action on Healthcare
- Tim supported the Affordable Care Act but would go even further. Many Ohio families will remain without healthcare until we join every other developed nation on the planet and establish a universal healthcare system.
- Tim cosponsored the 21st Century Cures Act, which supports investment in life-saving medical research. This bipartisan bill also provides $1 billion in emergency funding to combat the opioid epidemic. It passed and was signed into law in 2016.
- To promote a shift in the healthcare system towards promoting wellness, Tim introduced the Expansion of Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare (ENRICH) Act. This bipartisan bill helps medical schools develop wellness curriculum that promotes integrated nutrition and physical activity as part of patients’ treatment programs.
- Tim Ryan voted to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which strengthens the ACA by lowering health costs and prescription drug prices, expanding coverage to nearly 5 million new Americans, and bolstering protections for those with pre-existing conditions.