Jan 26, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Pete Stark, former congressman who helped draft the ACA, dies

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference to call for an end to the Afghanistan War on March 9, 2011.
Pete Stark speaks during a news conference to call for an end to the Afghanistan War, March 9, 2011. Photo: Bill Clark/Roll Call

Former Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) has died, his family confirmed in a statement Saturday. He was 88.

Why it matters: Per AP, during his 40-year congressional career, Stark, who died Friday, helped draft the Affordable Care Act. He played a major role in the 1986 Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, or COBRA, which "allows people to stay on their employers’ insurance after leaving a job," the Washington Post notes.

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