Obama administration officials are urging Congress to reject any proposals that would undo the Affordable Care Act, the health reform legislation that was signed into law in March 2010.
"We urge you to consider all that this law has already done to improve the health and financial security of so many Americans--and what it will mean to hundreds of millions or more in the next several years--as you evaluate any proposal that would set the nation back on a path to higher costs and skyrocketing premiums, less competition, and fewer consumer protections against industry abuses," states a letter to Congress from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.
The seven-page letter provides an update of reforms since the law was passed and an overview of changes ahead, including the creation of state-based health insurance exchanges--marketplaces where consumers and small business can purchase coverage--starting in 2014.
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Jan. 19 on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill could pass in the Republican-controlled House, but is not expected to pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate.