Today, Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Ranking Member, made the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling that the Affordable Care Act is Constitutional.
"Today's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the health reform law is a victory for the health of all Americans. Our nation has joined the rest of the modernized world by guaranteeing quality, affordable health care to all our citizens. The Supreme Court's decision prevents our country from returning control of Americans' health to big insurance -- an industry more concerned with profits than their enrollees' health.
"Thanks to the law, millions of Americans already benefit: young adults can obtain coverage on their parents' insurance until age 26, Americans get preventive benefits without cost sharing; seniors with high drug costs can maintain access to critical medications because the Medicare drug donut hole is being closed; children with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied health insurance, and small businesses benefit from tax credits to help pay for group health insurance.
"The law creates a new, fair marketplace for people to shop for coverage, provides subsidies to make coverage affordable, ends the ability of insurers to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
"Today's ruling marks another step forward: an end to Republicans' call to repeal the health reform law. Americans don't have time for their partisan charade -- they never did. Congress needs to focus on Americans' top priorities of job creation and strengthening the economy."