WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act:
“Supreme Court Justices appointed by presidents of both parties today made an independent legal judgment to uphold the health law. I hope today’s ruling will put an end to the partisan bickering so that we can continue our focus on jobs and improving the economy” Brown said.
“Today’s ruling means that more than 1.2 million Ohio seniors will continue to have access to cancer screenings and wellness exams through Medicare. Nearly 97,000 young adults in our state will continue to be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26. Parents of children with pre-existing conditions – like cancer, asthma, or diabetes – will no longer worry that they will be unable to buy health insurance.”
More than two years ago, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law has benefitted Ohioans in the following ways:
The law also ensures that the premium dollars Ohioans pay for health insurance are used for their medical care – rather than for executive bonuses and ad campaigns. The law requires that insurance companies spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect from consumers on medical care – or give consumers a rebate. An estimated nine million consumers could receive between $600 million to $1.4 billion in rebates from insurance companies this year. In Ohio, more than 143,000 Ohioans will benefit this year from $11.3 million in rebates. And after Ohio families have faced unchecked hikes in their health insurance costs for years, the law subjects insurance companies to new scrutiny if they raise prices by more than 10 percent. The ACA provided the State of Ohio $5.1 million to combat unjustifiable increases.