Assistant Senate Democratic Leader responds to Affordable Care Act decision
INDIANAPOLIS—Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act:
“I believe this was the right decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. This was not just a theoretical exercise. The implemented portions of the law have already improved the lives of Hoosiers and others across the nation.
“Thanks to this law, hundreds of thousands of uninsured, including those who were locked out of the coverage system because of a pre-existing condition, will have options for attaining coverage. Young adults are now covered by their parents’ health plan, seniors will no longer fall into the Medicare ‘donut hole’ for prescription medications, women will no longer be charged discriminatory premiums, and middle-income families will receive tax credits to make insurance premiums affordable.
“Given that our nation’s highest court has confirmed the legitimacy of this law, the State of Indiana should be set to move forward with implementation of our health care exchange and other upcoming provisions. In doing so, I hope that we can move past the political and emotional rhetoric and make decisions based on validated costs and benefits, particularly about expanding coverage for low-income Hoosiers.”