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NJ Citizen Action statement regarding Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act


Highland Park, NJ - Upon hearing the decision of the United States Supreme Court regarding President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, NJ Citizen Action released the following statement: 


“We are elated that the Supreme Court sided with the constitution and consumers on this case,” said Jeff Brown, spokesman for NJ Citizen Action.   “While many are going to rightly say that this ruling was a victory for the President, the real winners are the 30 million Americans who will now be guaranteed access to quality and affordable health coverage, and the countless others who will get better value for their existing coverage.”


“The Affordable Care Act, at its core, is a law that takes our healthcare decisions out of insurance company board rooms, and puts them back at the kitchen table and doctor’s office where they belong,” said Brown. “The Affordable Care Act has already had a profoundly positive impact on the lives of New Jerseyans.  Young adults can stay on their parent’s health plans until they are 26, New Jersey seniors have received over $169 million to help them pay for prescription drugs, nearly 1.6 million people in our state had access to free preventative care, and insurance companies can no longer discriminate against sick kids and women – and that is just the tip of the iceberg.”


“In that vein, we must now continue the process of health reform in New Jersey by creating a health insurance exchange,” said Brown.  “Earlier this year the Governor vetoed a bill that would have given the 1.3 million New Jerseyans who lack insurance access to quality and affordable coverage.  Now we turn to Governor Christie and say those 1.3 million people can’t wait any longer.”


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