Columbus – Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) released the following statement today after the U. S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act: 

 

“I am very pleased the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.   In reaching its decision, the court displayed sound judgment based on clear precedent.  This is a great victory for hardworking families in Ohio who need access to affordable health care.

 

“The Affordable Care Act is already helping many Ohioans by covering preventive services such as mammograms and colonoscopies at no cost.  It’s also made prescription drugs more affordable for seniors and given Ohioans with pre-existing conditions access to health insurance.  Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision these vital services will continue.

 

“There is no question in my mind that the framers of our Constitution would have viewed the health law as constitutional.  That’s why I joined with other Ohio legislators in filing a court brief to support the Affordable Care Act against a highly partisan assault.

 

“It’s unfortunate that the current Governor and his administration has needlessly delayed the implementation of a health insurance exchange in Ohio—a key component of the Affordable Care Act.  It is time for the foot dragging to end.  Now that the Supreme Court has spoken, I urge the Governor and the Director of the Department of Insurance to move quickly to pass Senate Bill 277 and create a competitive marketplace where Ohioans and small business owners can purchase affordable health insurance.”

 
 
 
  
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