O’Halleran issues statement regarding Supreme Court ruling in favor of ACA

File Photo By Nathan O’Neal/Cronkite News: The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 today to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, following the Supreme Court’s California v. Texas decisionruling in favor of upholding the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:

“Hundreds of thousands of Arizonans rely on the Affordable Care Act for their health care, including countless First District families with pre-existing conditions. And, for so many, the ACA was the first time these pre-existing conditions did not prevent them from accessing quality health insurance that didn’t break the bank. I am so pleased to see today’s ruling that upholds these protections.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran

“This spring, I voted to pass the American Rescue Plan, which reduces the cost of health care coverage for nine million consumers. Our legislation now ensures that families eligible for premium tax credits have at least a couple of plans to choose from that won’t cost more than 8.5% of their household income. This new change will benefit many living in rural areas hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Moving forward, we cannot play politics with the health care of millions of Americans; I’ve worked to protect the ACA since I came to Congress in 2017, and I will always fight to preserve it. I am committed to working to strengthen our health care systems, lower the costs of prescription drugs, and ensure that families can access the quality, affordable care they need.”

O’Halleran is scheduled to take part in a press call with Protect Our Care Arizona on Friday. 

“Today, in a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court delivered a massive repudiation on the Republican war on health care,” the release states. “By throwing the lawsuit out on standing, the court protected the health care coverage of more than 20 million Americans and prevented more than 135 million people with pre-existing conditions from losing the protections they rely on, and many other key ACA provisions.”