June 25, 2015

Lujan Statement on Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today on the Supreme Court’s decision upholding federal health insurance subsidies to help millions of Americans purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“Today’s decision is a victory for millions of Americans who can now afford health insurance that provides them with the peace of mind that they are no longer one illness or one accident away from financial ruin.  Under the ACA, more than 16 million Americans have gained coverage, driving the nation’s uninsured rate down to its lowest level ever.  In New Mexico the uninsured rate has dropped nearly 5 percent, while more than 860,000 people can no longer be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition.

“Behind all of these numbers are real people.  My staff and I are all on the health care exchange, and for one of my staffers it has made a world of difference.  The year she went on the ACA exchange she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that required surgery and numerous scans.  Through all of the procedures and doctor’s visits, not once did she have to worry that her diagnosis was going to mean bankruptcy or losing her house.  She paid her deductible and her bills were paid within weeks; no procedure or test was ever denied, and therefore care was never delayed.  And now, she won’t have to worry that in the future she could be at risk of being discriminated against for having a pre-existing condition.  Those fears are a thing of the past.

“There are similar stories like this in communities across New Mexico and our country.  The Affordable Care Act is working and it is making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans who now have health insurance and will continue to have insurance after today’s Supreme Court ruling.”

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