The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act ensures hard-working, middle class families will get the security they deserve and protects every American from the worst insurance company abuses.
Here’s what today’s ruling means for the middle class:
- Insurance companies no longer have unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny you coverage, or charge women more than men.
- Soon, no American will ever again be denied care or charged more due to a pre-existing condition, like cancer or even asthma.
- Preventive care will still be covered free of charge by insurance companies–including mammograms for women and wellness visits for seniors.
- By August, millions of Americans will receive a rebate because their insurance company spent too much of their premium on administrative costs or CEO bonuses.
- Many seniors will continue to save $600 a year on their prescription drugs.
- Efforts to strengthen and protect Medicare by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse will remain in place.
- Millions of young adults will still be able to stay on their family’s plan until they’re 26.
The Court has issued a clear and final ruling on this law.
- A major impact of the Court’s decision is the 129 million people with pre-existing conditions and millions of middle class families who will have the security of affordable health coverage.
- Under today’s ruling, having health insurance is and will continue to be a choice.
- If you can’t afford insurance or you’re a small business that wants to provide affordable insurance to your employees, you’ll get tax credits that make coverage affordable.
- But if you can afford insurance and you choose not to purchase it, the taxpayers will no longer subsidize your care for free.
The Security of Affordable Coverage – Benefits & Protections By the Numbers:
- $10.7 billion has been recovered by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare all while securing and protecting the benefits seniors have earned.
- 86 million Americans have benefitted from free preventive services like mammograms for women or wellness visits for seniors.
- 17 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage.
- 12.8 million Americans will benefit from rebates because their insurance company spent too much of their premium dollars on administrative costs or CEO bonuses.
- 6.6 million young adults have the security of coverage until age 26.
- 5.3 million Americans on Medicare have saved an average of $600 on their prescription drugs.
- 70,000 Americans with pre-existing conditions now have the security of coverage.
Martin O'Malley is the Governor of Maryland. He writes a regular blog for his official website.