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Good News: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law, Preserving Benefits for Millions
In a huge win for children and families, the Supreme Court just announced its decision in King v. Burwell, ruling in favor of the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare. In a 6-3 decision, the court agreed that Obamacare's insurance subsidies can go to residents of any state, upholding the health care law and preserving benefits for millions of Americans. Had the court ruled against the law, more than 7 million people -- including 360,000 children -- would have lost their health insurance.
The decision comes in the wake of a key study released this week that made it clear just how much the health care law is helping Americans across the country, including kids. According to the Center for Disease Control's National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the number of uninsured Americans dropped seven percent in 2014, the first full year of the health law's implementation.
Today, nearly 95 percent of kids have health insurance, thanks in large part to the federal programs funded and expanded through the law. Children under the age of 17 were more likely than other age groups to benefit from public health insurance coverage in 2014. As a result of this coverage, American kids are able to access medical care when and where they need it, regardless of socioeconomic status.
The drop in uninsured Americans, especially "poor" and "near poor" Americans, reports the New York Times, is clear evidence of the health law's success.
Common Sense Kids Action believes the evidence is clear that the Affordable Care Act is working for kids and their families. We are thrilled with the court's decision and look forward to continuing our work to improve the health of children across America.
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Read Common Sense CEO and Founder Jim Steyer's statement on the Supreme Court's decision here.