FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/25/2015
Rep. Donna Howard Applauds SCOTUS Decision on Insurance Subsidies
Urges State Leaders to Expand Health Coverage to Low-Income Texans
AUSTIN - Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell, State Representative Donna Howard issued the following statement:
"I am grateful to the Supreme Court for upholding the subsidies on policies purchased through the federal health insurance exchange. Today's ruling ensures that 832,000 Texans will be able to keep and afford their health coverage.
"It's time for opponents to face facts: the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the law of the land, and it's working. Since its enactment, the rate of uninsured has dropped significantly, the growth in health care costs has slowed, and provider choice through the online health insurance marketplace is increasing.
"Our state leaders have fought federal health reform every step of the way, yet it has only left Texas with the nation's highest rate and highest number of uninsured. Just saying 'no' is neither responsible nor is it a solution.
"I urge the Governor and lawmakers to take full advantage of the ACA's benefits by promoting awareness of the marketplace, closing the Coverage Gap for our working poor, and drawing down federal dollars to meet our health care needs. Let's finally put politics aside, and do what's best for the health and well-being of our community."
CONTACT: Scott M. Daigle