As then-chair of the powerful House Committee on Rules, Louise was instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law has improved the lives of seniors, young adults, small businesses, and many others in Western New York and has taken power away from insurance companies and given it to patients and their doctors. Before the ACA, domestic violence was considered a pre-existing condition and insurance companies could deny coverage in eight states and Washington, DC.

Unfortunately, Republican leaders in Washington – many of whom are in the pockets of the insurance industry – are determined to repeal the law and return us to a time when insurance companies could discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions, charge women more for coverage, and force young adults off their parents’ insurance plans, leaving them defenseless against accident or illness.

Thanks to the health law, young people are now able to stay on their parents’ insurance until they turn 26, insurance companies can no longer deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, or charge women more than men for the same coverage, and seniors now have free access to life-saving preventive care.

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