U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) today issued the following statement hailing the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act:
"Republicans were expecting to high five each other today. But fortunately, the highest court in the land ko'd that plan, and quashed their ridiculous claims that providing quality, affordable healthcare to all Americans was unconstitutional. The court's ruling is a huge win for the American people and a resounding victory for President Obama.
This decision finally ends the practice of insurance companies making health care decisions for Americans, and puts consumers in control of their coverage.
Now, individuals without health insurance will be afforded the opportunity to purchase coverage through new exchanges, and insurance companies will be required to implement landmark protections for everyone such as not denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, prohibiting lifetime caps, banning plans from dropping people who get sick and allowing children to remain on the policies of their parents until age 26. It also improves coverage for seniors by expanding Medicare and extends provisions that target baby boomers.
I applaud the court's decision, and salute the President for having the vision and guts to see this fight through, and for accomplishing a goal that eluded Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Lyndon Johnson to Bill Clinton: affordable health care for all Americans.
I look forward to our nation benefiting from the new health insurance law for many years to come."