Congressman Lowenthal Statement on King V. Burwell Suit
Congressman Alan Lowenthal issued the following statement regarding oral arguments heard today before the Supreme Court in the King v. Burwell lawsuit:
"Nearly 11.4 million Americans who previously did not have health insurance now have healthcare coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could strip federal subsidies from eight to nine million Americans in the 34 states that rely on the federal exchange to run their healthcare marketplace.
"Although this would not directly impact Californians who receive subsidies through our state's health exchange, Covered California, I sincerely hope the court does not take away these invaluable subsidies and make healthcare unaffordable for millions of Americans."I am confident that the Supreme Court will issue the only ruling consistent with the structure, text and history of the law – the federal subsidies should be available to every eligible individual in the nation.
"I hope the court will rule on the side of the millions of Americans across our nation who now have access to quality, reliable health coverage because of the subsidies secured through the Affordable Care Act."