In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld President Barack Obama’s controversial health care law, stirring up a great deal of positive reaction from Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, D-Del, and U.S. Senator Chris Coons, D-Del.
The Affordable Care Act is believed to be a victory for the President and is expected to impact the lives of every American. In Delaware, legislators appear to agree and support the health care law that was signed by Congress in 2010.
“The President deserves credit for being willing to tackle a status quo of rapidly rising costs and shrinking coverage. The decision allows our state and nation to move past the uncertainty months of deliberations have caused and move forward to address critical health care issues facing the state and nation,” said Gov. Markell.
Gov. Markell adds that transforming health care can be a win-win situation. “We can improve the quality of care, reduce the costs of care and improve the health of all Delawareans.”
During Obama’s speech following the decision, the President announced that insured people will now experience more secure and affordable insurance. As for insurance companies, the health care law will keep such businesses from imposing lifetime limits, discriminating against children with preexisting conditions, and dropping coverage when a person is sick.
“They can no longer jack up your premiums without reason. They are required to provide free preventive care like check-ups and mammograms – a provision that’s already helped 54 million Americans with private insurance. And by this August, nearly 13 million of you will receive a rebate from your insurance company because it spent too much on things like administrative costs and CEO bonuses, and not enough on your health care, ” said President Obama.
Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Coons, who’s a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also released a statement on the Supreme Court’s decision.
“It is now time for the politics of health care reform — and the politicians who have tried to undo the progress our country has made — to move on. It has been considered, debated, signed into law, and now affirmed by the Supreme Court,” said Coons.
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, this will also help parents with adult children under the age of 26 keep them on their health plans, and senior citizens will receive better discounts on their prescription drugs, which the President noted saved more than 5 million seniors on Medicare about $600 each already.