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Issue Brief
February 2011

Defunding the Affordable Care Act: Guilty of a Double Standard

Many in the House of Representatives plan to vote to defund or repeal the Affordable Care Act. What will millions of Americans lose? Important rights and benefits that House members would keep for themselves (at taxpayer expense). The piece discusses 14 rights and benefits, including:

  • coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions
  • a complete benefits package
  • guaranteed coverage that can't be taken away
  • a prescription drug benefit with no coverage gap
  • a choice of easy-to-compare health plans
  • protection against unreasonable premium increases
  • fair and equal premiums for women
  • access to free or low-cost preventive services