Statement From Health Care For All's Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer Regarding The Supreme Court Decision In The King Vs. Burwell Case

Thursday, June 25, 2015


BOSTON - "The announcement today from the Supreme Court affirms and supports the valuable and lifesaving access to health insurance that the Affordable Care Act provides to millions of Americans - including access for the nearly 8 million people who were threatened with losing their tax subsidies in the King vs. Burwell case. Today the Supreme Court guaranteed opportunities for consumers to enjoy the benefits of the Affordable Care Act regardless of the state in which they live.

"The ruling is also an affirmation of the role that Massachusetts has played in the formulation, passage and implementation of the ACA. Today's court opinion leans heavily on the success of our 2006 reform law, Chapter 58. The court recognized that Congress modeled the ACA on the three components of our reform - insurance market regulations, a coverage mandate, and subsidies - which led to the highest insurance coverage rate in the country.

"As we have learned in Massachusetts, financial assistance to consumers helps make health insurance affordable and provides health access for individuals and families who need coverage. We are delighted for our colleagues in other states who have been fighting to protect consumer access to crucial subsidies, and we hope that their next victory in many of these states will be enacting the Medicaid expansions also envisioned in the ACA.

"With the constitutional debates completed, we look forward to continued progress toward reducing the number of the uninsured nationally. Our next challenge as a nation will be tackling the thorny issue of health system payment and delivery reforms that truly place consumers and patients in the center of their care."