Below is Rep. Bill Keating's statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act.
Today is a great day for American families -- for the men and women with pre-existing conditions who previously couldn't get quality, affordable healthcare coverage; for the young adults who wouldn't have coverage without being able to stay on their parents' plans; and for the seniors that are facing rising prescription drug prices.
To put the magnitude of this decision in perspective -- Massachusetts has a population of 6.6 million people. That is same number of young adults across the country, up to age 26, who have already taken advantage of the law to obtain health insurance through their parents' plan. Without that option, an estimated 3.1 million of them would be uninsured.
I applaud the Supreme Court's decision and commitment to upholding the principles of the Constitution. Today's discussions, however, as to the Court's rationale and the political ramifications of this decision are of little consequence to me so long as coverage is expanded, costs are lowered and our citizens receive the best possible care.