Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling on "The Affordable Care Act:"
"This ruling is not about a victory for Democrats or a loss for Republicans. It's about providing all Americans with access to quality, affordable healthcare. We've already seen many of the benefits here in Maryland that can now continue:
Maryland's seniors each saved an average of $724 on prescription drugs so far this year.
More than 800 small businesses have gotten tax breaks to offer health benefits.
Almost 900 people in Maryland have been added to a federally backed program that insures those with pre-existing conditions.
About 180,000 people in Maryland have gained insurance through the private exchange.
1.2 million Marylanders received at least one free preventive service through their private insurance.
52,000 young adults in Maryland have chosen to stay on their parents' policies.
The idea behind the individual mandate is to be responsible for your own health needs instead of burdening others, to make it easier for those who can't afford insurance to find options in the private market and to help employers offer health benefits to workers. The Supreme Court has spoken and we now need to work together to implement the law of the land and achieve these goals."