Larsen urges SJU residents to share Affordable Care Act Stories

Jan 6, 2017 Issues: Health Care, Seniors

The Islands' Sounder: Larsen urges SJC residents to share Affordable Care Act 

Facing a Republican-led White House, Senate and House seeking to dismantle theAffordable Care Act with no plan to replace it, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) is urgingSan Juan County residents to share their stories about how the Affordable CareAct has helped them or someone they know. Individuals can share their stories at

“I have said it before and I will say it again: I am willing to work with anyone –Republican or Democrat – who is serious about lowering health care costs or improving quality of care,” said Larsen. “But if Republicans think they can simply strip away health care from millions of hardworking Americans without the faintest idea of what to replace it with – they have got another thing coming. More than ever, Republicans in Congress need to hear from individuals and families inSan Juan County who benefit from the Affordable Care Act.”

Larsen will use the stories to help beat back Republican efforts to take away health care from the 537,000 Washingtonians who gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the up to 2,969,739 Washingtonians with a preexisting condition and millions more whose critical benefits and health costs are at risk.

After hearing from more than 15,000 constituents, Larsen voted in support of the Affordable Care Act in 2009 – citing its improvements to Medicare benefits for seniors, bans on discrimination based on preexisting conditions, and potential to expand health care coverage for those who need it most.