Contact:  Jeananne Sciabarra
July 28, 2017     
Consumer Health First Calls for Bipartisan Approach to
Strengthen Affordable Care Act 
Jeananne Sciabarra, executive director of Consumer Health First, the statewide, grassroots healthcare alliance, issued the following statement today after the defeat of efforts in the U.S. Senate to repeal key aspects of the Affordable Care Act.
"Last night, the Senate voted down the last of three bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all of which would have caused massive coverage losses and higher premiums. All of these were unpopular with the American public, and Consumer Health First is grateful that they failed.

"We owe special thanks to Maryland Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and the rest of the Democrats who led the effort to protect the coverage offered through the ACA.

"We also offer thanks to Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and John McCain of Arizona for putting Americans first and recognizing the grave harm the final Senate bill would have done to our healthcare system and to millions of people. 

"And a special thanks to the many tireless advocates who stood up for better health care by calling, emailing and organizing rallies and sit-ins to protest.

"Despite this morning's vote in the Senate, this debate is not over. Much harm can still be done, and we must remain vigilant. It's time for Democrats and Republicans to work together, along with the Trump administration, to find practical solutions that bring stability to the markets. This effort should focus on funding cost-sharing reductions that help low-income families access care, bringing insurers back to jurisdictions that have been abandoned, and finding ways to lower premiums and the cost of care for all.  

"We look forward to continuing our work with Senators Van Hollen and Cardin, our representatives in the House and our partners around the state to improve the ACA so that all can have high-quality, affordable health care."
Consumer Health First is a statewide, non-partisan, grassroots alliance of 100 organizations and more than 1,800 individuals that seeks solutions and advances reforms that promote health equity through access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality health care for all Marylanders. For more information, visit

Contact:  Jeananne Sciabarra, Executive Director -