Meriden, CT – Chris Donovan today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act:
“I welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Today’s decision is a great triumph for American families.
“I am happy that the students and other young people able to stay on their parent’s health care plan can remain on those plans, that the older Americans that benefited from the beginning of the closing of the “Medicare Donut Hole” can continue to look forward to the closing of the hole in its entirety, and that people stricken with expensive or lifelong illnesses are still protected by a ban on lifetime caps for health care.
“And perhaps most importantly, I am delighted that insurance companies can no longer deny care based on pre-existing conditions, or drop coverage because of expensive illnesses. This law, and this ruling, will save millions of lives.
“Republicans are pushing the Ryan plan to destroy Medicare, but we have a unique opportunity as a country to build on the success of the ACA by protecting and strengthening Medicare and opening up access for every family to opt-in. Medicare is more affordable, and far more popular with people of every political stripe, than is the private health insurance system. No American family should ever again have to choose between their health care and putting food on their table.
“The health care reform law, and this ruling, are ultimately just a step on the path to making quality, affordable health care available to every American family. That’s why I will fight to guarantee implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and to protect, strengthen, and expand Medicare by opening it up to all American families.”