BOSTON – Consumer advocate and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren expressed great relief at the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the 2010 health care reform law, noting that the decision makes families across Massachusetts and the nation more secure.
"This decision ensures that millions of children, seniors, and families will continue to benefit from health care reform," Warren said. "By upholding this legislation, the Supreme Court has ensured that every American can get access to high quality, affordable health care and fair treatment from insurance companies."
"Now is not the time to refight the battles of two years ago. Our country needs to move forward to create jobs and opportunity for all Americans -- not fight endless political battles. Massachusetts led the way in health reform, and we will continue to lead the way in our efforts to reduce the costs of health care and ensure a level playing field for middle class families."
The Affordable Care Act has improved the health care of Massachusetts residents in a wide variety of ways. Because of ACA:
- 70,000 Massachusetts residents with Medicare have saved an average of $648 on their prescription drugs
- 780,000 people with Medicare have received free preventive services, such as colonoscopies and mammogram
- 1.3 million people in Massachusetts have had preventive services added to their private insurance plan without cost sharing
- 2.5 million Massachusetts residents no longer have a lifetime limit on their health insurance plan
- More than 20,000 young adults in Massachusetts have received health insurance by being added to their parents' insurance plans
- Community health centers have received $107 million in funding
- 85,000 Massachusetts families will receive an average of $140 in rebates, based on a rule requiring insurance companies to spend most of the money from premiums on health care