Columbia, S.C. — Today, Jaime Harrison, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, released the following statement recognizing the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act by resolving to fight for the healthcare of all South Carolinians during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond:
“The Affordable Care Act has provided health insurance for over 20 million Americans, protected South Carolinians with pre-existing conditions and lowered drug costs for Palmetto State seniors,” Harrison said. “But even in the face of today’s crisis, some in Washington remain dedicated to fully repealing the safeguards enshrined in the ACA.
“This coronavirus outbreak helps make a vivid point: quality healthcare should be accessible for every South Carolinian, when and where they need it. That is why South Carolina should join the more than 30 states that have used the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid and help protect their citizens against rural hospital closures. It is more crucial than ever that as a state and nation we are united in both slowing its spread and bringing urgently-needed care to those infected.
“As we continue to navigate this pandemic, I urge every South Carolinian to heed the public warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the importance of social distancing. For as we learned in Matthew 25:40, ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ We will get through this difficult time, together.”