Health care is a right not a privilege. Rep. Larson has been focused on ensuring every American has affordable healthcare.
The Affordable Care Act was a major step toward making this goal a reality. Rep. Larson played a significant leadership role as Chair of the House Democratic Caucus during months of debate over the ACA in 2009 and 2010. He fought to keep important provisions that would protect people with preexisting conditions, hold insurance companies accountable, and help families achieve the peace of mind of affordable health insurance. The Affordable Care Act significantly reduced the number of people in the United States without health insurance coverage, including a 41% reduction in Connecticut’s rate of insured residents in the first few years after coming into effect.
Although Republicans repeatedly tried to erase the progress made under the ACA, Rep. Larson has continued to fight for its expansion. The American Rescue Plan made great progress in lowering ACA premiums and expanding eligibility, helping Americans when they needed it most during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Rep. Larson is also committed to expanding Medicare to include hearing, dental, and vision benefits, lowering the age, and creating a public option.
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Washington – The U.S. House on Friday approved an ambitious bill that would dramatically lower the cost of popular drugs, like insulin and other commonly prescribed medications, for Medicare patients and other Americans.
All Connecticut House members voted for the bill, and three of them — Reps. John Larson, D-1st District, Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and Jahana Hayes, D-5th District — were original co-sponsors.
The price of a new invention usually falls as more people adopt it, but prescription drug prices somehow defy gravity.
Connecticut residents, like all Americans, pay among the highest drug prices in the world, and prices keep climbing. We can’t change the laws of physics, but we can and must change federal law to bring needed relief.