Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today on the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. DeLauro, the senior Democrat on the Labor-HHS Appropriations Committee, fought for comprehensive health care reform for years and was a leading champion for health care reform.
"People across the country will benefit from the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Women will still have access to affordable preventative services, children with preexisting conditions will get the care they need and seniors will continue to save billions on their prescription drug costs. And so critical in this economic climate are the aspects of the Affordable Care Act that will help stem rising health care costs, such as ensuring at least 80 percent of premium dollars actually pay for health care, not corporate profits.
"The uncertainty created by the false questioning of the Act's legality has been settled and states, insurance companies and businesses can move forward and keep carrying out the important health care and consumer protection provisions contained in the law. With this decision Congress can focus on what matters most to American families--strengthening our economy, creating jobs, generating economic growth and building a stronger middle class."