Owens Statement on Supreme Court Health Care Ruling
WASHINGTON – Congressman Owens released the following statement today in response to the 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act.Congressman Owens released the following statement today in response to the 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
“Now that the court has ruled, Democrats and Republicans must come together to implement the law, which includes making changes where appropriate to improve provisions that still need work. The goal has always been to expand coverage, improve health care outcomes, and reduce costs for patients and providers. Now the debate is over and it’s time to move forward with those goals in mind.”
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has reported that the health care law will reduce federal deficits by $210 billion between 2012-2021. New York has set an example as a national leader in implementation of the law. The state, which already provides strong consumer protections, including guaranteed insurance coverage, has been working in partnership with the federal government to establish a statewide health insurance marketplace as part of the law.
Approximately 1 million New Yorkers will gain health insurance coverage when this health insurance exchange is fully implemented. New York’s Division of Budget estimates significant savings to the state – $18 billion over 10 years – as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
Key provisions in the health care law that were preserved today by the Supreme Court’s decision include:
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HealthCare.gov: The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for New York
HealthCareReform.ny.gov: Federal Health Care Reform in New York State