TRENTON – Senator Joseph F. Vitale issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision issued today in King v. Burwell, which will allow consumers in 34 states with federal health exchanges to continue to receive federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Senator Vitale is chair of the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee:
“This is a victory for over 180,000 New Jerseyans and millions of Americans who would have lost access to affordable healthcare coverage across the nation. Echoing President Obama’s sentiment, healthcare is not a privilege nor is it the right of a select few; it is the right of every hard-working citizen of this country.
“I applaud the Supreme Court for its thoughtful consideration and thank the Justices for their decision to uphold the original intent of Congress when it passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets for working class Americans.
“The income-based federal subsidies are crucial to enabling our working class to buy health coverage for their families who would otherwise be uninsured or underinsured, and any other decision would have had catastrophic effects.
“I am committed to improving access to quality healthcare for every citizen of New Jersey, and to meeting and protecting their healthcare needs.”