For Immediate Release
League of Women Voters Backs Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON - The League of Women Voters of
the United States today reinforced the organization’s strong support for
the recently passed, comprehensive Patient Protection and Affordable Care
“While we do support and have always supported a
single payer system, we recognize that the recently passed bill is strong
reform and will make important changes to protect consumers, extend coverage to
the underserved, and reduce costs over the long term,” said Elisabeth
MacNamara, national President of the League of Women Voters.
“Congress and the President deserve our thanks and
appreciation for enacting this historic legislation,” MacNamara
stated. “The League’s national convention support of
“Medicare for All” is not a repudiation of the very important and
comprehensive Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
“We all recognize that more needs to be done, but we
must understand how good this bill is and how much this does for
Americans,” MacNamara concluded. At the League’s 2010 National
Convention, members adopted a resolution urging the Board of Directors to push
for consolidating the gains of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
by continuing to work for the ultimate goal of universal access to affordable
health care for all citizens.
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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy. The League's enduring vitality and resonance comes from its unique decentralized structure. The League is a grassroots organization, working at the national, state and local levels.