(WASHINGTON)—Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius, which upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
“Today is a historic day. The Affordable Care Act can now takes its rightful place among this nation’s other critical efforts to ensure that the basic human needs of all Americans are met. Just as our Social Security and Medicaid systems provide a critical safety net to older Americans, the Affordable Care Act will help make health care more affordable and accessible for all. This law ensures that health insurance bureaucrats can no longer deny a child health care because of a pre-existing condition and millions of young Americans can now receive coverage on their family plans until they are 26. And longstanding disparities and discrimination in health care for women and minorities will come to an end. I am also pleased that the Court upheld the law’s provisions expanding Medicaid to 15 million additional Americans. The decision provides a strong incentive for states to comply with the law.
“I am heartened that the Court upheld the rule of law and adhered to long-standing legal precedent. I encourage individuals of all parties to seize this opportunity to set aside our differences and move forward together to implement this landmark achievement for the American people.”
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