Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act decision:
"I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. This verdict ensures that millions of Americans who now lack care will have access to quality, affordable health care, regardless of their socioeconomic or employment status.
"The impact of this decision is particularly significant for my constituents in Maryland's 7th Congressional District. The Affordable Care Act has allowed 6,900 young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance and made preventive services available at no charge to nearly 150,000 children and adults. Now, as a result of today's verdict, my constituents will benefit from additional ACA benefits:
* By 2014, health insurers will be prohibited from discriminating against all adults and children with pre-existing conditions, which will protect the 110,000 to 290,000 individuals in the district with a pre-existing health condition.
* The 18,000 residents who now lack health insurance will receive coverage for the first time.
* The 430,000 residents with private insurance coverage will no longer face annual limits on coverage.
* People who buy their health insurance on the private market will be able to shop for health insurance in transparent and competitive marketplaces called exchanges, where insurers will be required to publish the prices and benefits of their policies in simple, plain language.
"The Supreme Court's action today has very real implications for Americans across the country, making this a victory for us all."