U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement after the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act today:
"Access to affordable health care is a necessity for all Americans, and I am proud that President Obama's historic health care reform law, which I strongly support, has been upheld by the Supreme Court -- this decision ensures that nearly 15,000 Rhode Island seniors will continue to save on their prescription drug costs, more than 7,500 young adults in our state will be able to stay on their parents' plans until they are 26, and insurance companies will not be able to deny coverage to as many as 54,000 Rhode Island children who live with pre-existing conditions."
"Today, I'm especially mindful of folks like Rita Manley, a senior living in Central Falls who was recently diagnosed with cancer. This decision means that millions of people like Rita, if they get sick, will not be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition."
"Now that our nation's highest court has settled this debate, we should all work together to ensure that that this law is implemented so that it provides real benefits for American families."