In response to the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:
"As a breast cancer survivor and one of 129 million Americans with a pre-existing condition, I am overjoyed that the Supreme Court upheld the right of every American to have access to quality, affordable health care insurance.
"Because of the Affordable Care Act, South Floridians like Lainie Jones, a young woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks before her 25th birthday, will not be denied the health care coverage she needs because of pre-existing conditions. Thanks to the tax credit in the Affordable Care Act, small businesses like the GBS group in Pembroke Pines are, for the first time, able to offer health care coverage to their employees.
"The Affordable Care Act has already made it possible for American families and small businesses to have more control over their health care by reducing costs, increasing choice, and instituting common sense rules.
"It has allowed millions of young adults nationwide to retain insurance coverage through their parents and provided 20 million women with free preventive services. In Florida alone, health care reform has already saved seniors more than $141 million in reduced prescription drug costs, is closing the Medicare prescription drug donut hole, and provided free annual wellness visits to more than 2 million seniors. There is no doubt that in just its first two years, this legislation, aimed at fixing our nation's broken health insurance system, has already helped millions of Floridians live healthier lives.
"The Affordable Care Act has made it possible for Americans to be proactive about their wellness by taking advantage of important preventive services like birth control, mammograms, and colonoscopies free of co-pays and deductibles. It is wonderful news that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of this landmark law, and I reaffirm my commitment to working to find innovative solutions that keep us on track toward full implementation of the Affordable Care Act so we can ensure affordable, accessible, quality health care for all Americans."