CAP’s Role in the Affordable Care Act

CAP played a major role in passing—and then defending—the Affordable Care Act, which has since saved countless lives and made health care more accessible to all Americans.

During a time when health care was less accessible to Americans because of factors such as preexisting conditions, the Center for American Progress began working on what would later be known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because it believed that health care is a right for all people. As soon as the ACA was signed into law, CAP was on the front lines of defending it from those who wanted to repeal it. A major role that CAP played was publishing the stories of those who were directly affected by the ACA, especially those whose lives were saved by it. Today, with CAP’s help, the uninsured rate in America is the lowest it has ever been.

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