New America Media, Op-ed, Linda Leu, Posted: Dec 10, 2013
Today, on the 65th anniversary of the day that the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it’s timely to remember one proclamation in particular: that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family.”
It’s important to reflect on that as we roll out one of the biggest reforms to our health care system that this country has seen. Indeed, the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was an important milestone for the United States, because it extended affordable and accessible coverage to millions of previously uninsured people across the country. However, as the law takes effect and the health insurance marketplaces open, not everyone has been included in the promise of reform. Millions of people have been excluded from its benefits, including undocumented and some lawfully present immigrants (such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA] grantees).
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