Last year, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, which President Biden signed into law on March 11, 2021. ARPA temporarily enhances and expands eligibility premium subsidies to lower monthly health insurance premiums for Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace coverage for 2021 and 2022.
Millions of Americans have benefitted from enhanced premium subsidies. In fact, more than 14.5 million Americans signed up for marketplace coverage for 2022. Right now, Congress is considering whether to allow the ARPA subsidies to expire at the end of 2022, causing millions of low- and middle-income Americans to face higher premiums. At the same time, American budgets are being stretched by rising prices of essential household goods due to record inflation.
We asked voters across the country – as well as voters in key states of Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire, and West Virginia – for their opinions on ACA premium subsidies and how Congress should proceed. See what they had to say: