Affordable Care Act

Floor Speech

Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Ms. HAHN. Mr. Speaker, even with the difficulties of the health care Web site, we are seeing great things coming out of this Affordable Care Act. Across the country, millions of people who lacked affordable health care options yesterday are checking out their new options today. This law is working.

I continue to hear scores of success stories from California. Marilynn, who is a breast cancer survivor, was paying nearly $1,300 a month for her Anthem Blue Cross policy. Through Covered California, she is saving now more than $500 a month.

Although the Web site has had its problems--that we are fixing--know that the California exchange has become a model for the rest of the country. Early enrollment results demonstrate that Covered California is working and people are signing up. We led the Nation in our readiness for this new law, and newly released numbers show that 131,000 Californians have already enrolled in new quality health plans on Covered California, more than any other State exchange.

Rather than rooting for its failure, let's work together to make this a reality for all Americans.