Today, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
"This decision is a huge victory for the people of District 17 and all across the country. Because of this ruling, everyone in South Florida will benefit from critical patient protections, $1 trillion in savings over the next two decades, better coverage for families -- including preventive care to keep people healthy -- and greater accountability for the insurance industry.
"The Affordable Care Act is already paying dividends for millions of Americans, with more improvements to the system going into effect in the next few years. In District 17 alone:
* Up to 41,000 children can no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions,
* 4,200 seniors received prescription drug discounts worth $2.5 million, an average discount of $590 per senior,
* 6,600 students and young adults can stay on their parents' plans until the age of 26, and,
* Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing medical condition.
"In passing health reform, President Obama and a Democratic Congress made history for our country and progress for the American people. Because of the ACA, affordable health care is now a right for all, not a privilege for the few. Today, the Supreme Court affirmed our progress and protected that right, securing a future of health and economic security for working people and their families, students and seniors."