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Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act Subsidies

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to uphold Affordable Care Act Subsidies:

As a supporter of the Affordable Care Act and the representative of thousands of people who've depended on this landmark legislation to access quality, affordable health care, I am thrilled that the Supreme Court made the right decision in King v. Burwell. In my home state of Florida, 1,324,516 individuals and families could have lost their subsidies, worth $389 million, and faced a 359 percent increase in the cost of their premiums. My district has the third-highest number of people in the nation who benefit from the subsidy. It is a relief that those constituents, mostly immigrants, can now rest assured that their health care needs can be met.

They will not have to forgo seeking treatment because they lack the financial resources or be forced to rely on emergency room services to meet their health care needs, which is bad for patients and bad for the economy because it drives up the cost of insurance and medical services for other consumers.

I thank the Supreme Court justices for having the courage to do the right thing. It is yet another sign that Obamacare is here to stay.

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a third-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school. Congresswoman Wilson also founded the Florida Ports Caucus, a bipartisan taskforce that coordinates federal action in support of Florida's harbors and waterways.