WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, made the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on King v. Burwell that individuals enrolled in health insurance plans through the federal marketplace can continue to receive federal health care subsidies.
“I am pleased, but not at all surprised, that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of preserving subsidies for people who have purchased insurance in both state and federal health insurance marketplaces.
“Ever since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, Republicans in Congress have made it their mission to tear down the law, strip Americans of their health insurance and bring us back to a time when insurance companies could treat people like numbers on a balance sheet. Today’s ruling – which allows 6.4 million Americans, including 172,000 New Jerseyans, to keep subsidies that enable them to afford health insurance – is an important moment of affirmation for our goal of ensuring all Americans have coverage.
“The ACA is working, and the future looks even brighter. It has already helped reduce New Jersey’s adult uninsured rate by over 20% and has brought the national uninsured rate to about 10% – down from over 20% before implementation of the law. After 60 votes to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act and countless taxpayer-funded time wasted on their political effort, I hope that the ruling encourages my Republican colleagues to stop dwelling on the past, and join Democrats in looking towards the future.”