Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act:
"I am delighted that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the landmark Affordable Care Act. This is a monumental victory for the American people and our country. Today's ruling confirms what I have always believed that healthcare in America should be a right and not a privilege. I applaud President Obama's leadership and steadfast commitment to improving the lives of our families, children and seniors.
As a result of today's decision, millions of Americans will continue to have access to healthcare benefits and protections, which are so critical to the welfare and economic stability of our nation. Because of the Affordable Care Act, Americans will no longer have to live in fear of being denied healthcare coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Millions of young people across our nation will be able to stay on their parent's insurance plans, seniors will continue paying less for their prescription drugs, and women and children will have access to vital preventative care. 33 million uninsured Americans can expect to receive quality affordable healthcare insurance without having to make the difficult choice between providing for their families or getting necessary medical treatment.
By affirming the Affordable Care Act, the 7th Congressional District of Alabama will continue to benefit from healthcare reform. In our district, 36,000 children with pre-existing health conditions can no longer be denied coverage by their health insurers, 90,000 adults and 19,000 children will have health insurance that covers preventative care services and 6,800 young adults will continue to have access to health insurance through their parent's coverage.
I remain committed to working with President Obama and my colleagues to ensure that all Americans continue to have access to quality affordable healthcare."