Statement By Joint Center President Ralph B. Everett as the Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Health Care Law

Jun 28, 2012, 13:13 ET from Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a significant advancement in the effort to repair the deeply broken U.S. healthcare system and promote equitable opportunities for good health for all.  As long as its provisions are fully funded by Congress, the law will improve access to health insurance for more than 32 million Americans, prevent insurance companies from cherry-picking enrollees and denying claims because of pre-existing conditions, and incentivize more health-care providers to work in medically underserved communities.  These are among the benefits that the law is already providing, in addition to what is expected as provisions of the ACA come into force over the next two years.   

In addition to ruling that the law's mandate requiring insurance coverage is constitutional, the Court's decision ensures that other key provisions of the legislation remain intact, many of which hold great promise to address the needs of those who face the greatest barriers to good health—particularly people of color, who are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. 

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