Congressman Carson released today the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act:
The Affordable Care Act decision is not about a political party; it is about progress for the American people. It is an extraordinary victory for our seniors, for Americans with preexisting conditions, and for young people with insurance coverage through their parents.
I proudly voted in 2010 to pass the Affordable Care Act and give Americans access to quality, affordable health care services. Since that time, 54 million Americans in private plans have received free preventive health services such as cancer screenings and diabetes prevention. Insurance companies have provided coverage to 17 million children with pre-existing conditions. Those same companies will return excess profits to consumers and provide an estimated 12.8 million Americans with a total of $1.1 billion in rebates this summer.
Medicare beneficiaries in Indiana who struggle to cover the gap between the costs of their prescriptions and out of pocket expenses have already saved over $93 million, an average of $648 per beneficiary in 2011. More than 6 million young adults nationwide have been able to obtain health insurance through their parents' plans--with over 60 thousand young Hoosiers gaining coverage. And, despite repeated attempts by Republicans to repeal it, the Prevention and Public Health Fund has already brought over $16 million to Indiana for cancer screenings, diabetes prevention and other community health services.
I look forward to the continued implementation of this legislation and to securing a healthier future for Hoosier families.