Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Senior Democrat on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee and a primary author of Affordable Care Act released the following statement upon the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the landmark law:
"Today is a great day for the American people. The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reaffirms our nation's commitment to make sure that all Americans have access to quality affordable health care and health insurance.
"For the millions of Americans who have gone without health insurance, the seniors who have struggled due to inadequate coverage, the women, children and young adults that have been denied coverage for preexisting conditions, the Court's ruling is not only a victory, but a validation that they deserve to have the most basic of human needs met--access to health care.
"The ACA addressed so many of the gaps in the American health care system from closing the Medicare Part D "donut hole,' to stopping the practice of denying those with preexisting conditions insurance coverage, to claiming womanhood as a preexisting health condition, to allowing young adults to stay on their parents' coverage. This law has changed the way our country manages and delivers all phases of our health care system and I am proud to have been a part of its creation and prouder still today to learn of the Court's decision to uphold its constitutionality."