Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (HI-2) today issued the following statement on the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to uphold the Affordable Care Act:
"This ruling means that Americans can now count on secure and stable insurance coverage. If you have a pre-existing condition, you'll be able to get health care; if you become seriously ill, there will be no annual limits on your care; if you're a woman you won't be charged higher premiums; and if you don't have coverage, you will be able to buy affordable coverage.
"The Affordable Care Act has already had a positive impact on the lives of Hawaii's families and seniors. An estimated 6,000 young adults in Hawaii now have access to health insurance. Nearly 25,000 people on Medicare have saved over $14.5 million in prescription drug costs. More than 200,000 people helped control long-term health costs by gaining preventative health service coverage. And Hawaii has received millions of dollars for critical investments including the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, the College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and the West Hawaii Community Health Center.
"While today's Supreme Court ruling in support of the Affordable Care Act is good news for our families in Hawaii, I will continue to work to make sure everyone has access to quality health care."