Grace Meng Applauds the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision

“I am encouraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – a vital piece of legislation which ensures that Queens families, and all Americans, have access to affordable healthcare.

The Supreme Court recognized a necessary, practical, and comprehensive overhaul of the largest sector of our economy. The Affordable Care Act will cut the costs of healthcare for all Americans, and positions our nation to continue its global economic leadership in the 21st century.

This important law provides critical protections for our most vulnerable neighbors, supports small businesses with tax credits encouraging hiring, covers our family members with pre-existing medical conditions, and protects young people and students. By expanding the pool of insured, health outcomes for everyone will greatly improve, costs will be contained and shrink, and efficiencies will grow.

Health care in America is a $2 trillion-plus economy, with hundreds of billions of dollars in care unpaid for every year. Ambitiously engaging the dangerous shortcomings of this massive market, which impacts everybody everywhere regardless of their family finances, was an appropriate decision by the president and can now proceed.

After so many long, costly, and sometimes bitter discussions around this law and litigation, it is time to move onward and upward. At this crucial moment for our economy, we must now work together to create jobs, develop our infrastructure, and foster new industries and technologies to ensure the wellbeing of our citizens and American global leadership in the 21st century. The benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – some already being realized and many soon to be realized – are an important part of this progress.”