Thursday, June 28, 2012

Campbell, Farley and Tovar statements regarding the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act

Campbell, Farley and Tovar statements regarding the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today House Democrats issued the following statements after the Supreme Court of the United States announced that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14)

“The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act underscores how important health care reform is for Arizonans. This is a historic decision. There is no question that the current health care system is broken. It is too expensive and the insurance companies are calling the shots. We need reform and we need it now. Tea Party Republicans have been cutting funding for the health care industry so service providers have lost their jobs and the amount of services available have dwindled. Arizonans deserve affordable health care. As many as 411,000 Arizona children have pre-existing conditions. The Affordable Care Act prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions like diabetes and asthma. This is important now because the Tea Party Republicans at the legislature refused to restore full funding to KidsCare, leaving thousands of Arizona children from working families without heath care coverage.”

Assistant House Minority Leader Steve Farley, D-Tucson (District 28)

“A health care system that allows insurance companies to cherry pick who will receive coverage and who will be left to fend for themselves is a system that fails all Arizonans. The Supreme Court’s decision shows us that we are ready, now more than ever, for reform. Today, 60,000 young Arizonans who would otherwise be uninsured have coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. The 880,000 Arizona seniors benefiting from Medicare no longer have to face financial disaster because the Affordable Care Act closes the Part D 'doughnut hole.' Over the past few years, Tea Party Republicans have slashed funding in the health care industry. This resulted in job loss and drastic reductions in services and has pushed some hospitals to the brink of closure. That is intolerable. Arizonans deserve better.”

House Minority Whip Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 13)

“The Supreme Court’s decision today affects me at a very personal level. As a cancer survivor and a transplant recipient, I understand deeply how crucial it is for people to have access to quality health care. All Arizonans should expect coverage that will provide life-saving treatment when they need it. The Affordable Care Act protects people from the exclusionary and unfair practices of some insurance companies. It also helps keep premiums low, so that people can afford insurance. There are 3.4 million Arizonans with private insurance and now they are protected by reforms that help keep premiums low. Before the health care law, some insurance companies spent as much as 40 percent of premiums on administrative overhead like marketing and CEO bonuses. But the health care law requires all Arizona insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care and quality improvement. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates this will save Arizonans about $27 million. The Affordable Care Act is a major step toward meaningful reform.”

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