Sen. Ellis reacts to U.S. Supreme Court decision on Affordable Care Act

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(Austin, TX) // Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to this morning’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding the Affordable Care Act:

“I am thankful that the Supreme Court did the right thing by protecting the millions of Americans who have secured more affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act,” said Senator Ellis. “This ruling is a win for Texas, as our state has the most to lose with the highest number of uninsured and the most people – over three million – eligible for marketplace coverage.”

Ellis continued: “People may disagree about the law, but one fact is indisputable – many people have and will benefit from the Affordable Care Act. Today, the uninsured rate for the nation has dropped by one-fifth. Millions of women get preventive services like mammograms and pap smears without a co-pay. Health plans must now spend 80 to 85 percent of every premium dollar on health care, insurers can no longer deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, and young adults can be covered under their parent’s plan until age 26.”

“It is long past time to remove narrow politics from the health care debate and focus on truly improving health of women, children, and all Americans. We can and must do better to ensure that all Americans have access to health care.”

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