Following a 2-year distraction from the essential task of covering all Americans with high quality, affordable health insurance, in its King v Burwell decision the Supreme Court resoundingly upheld the Affordable Care Act’s premium tax subsidies availability in all states. This is the second time the Supreme Court has upheld the ACA over unfounded challenges to the health care law. It is time to put divisiveness and politics aside and continue to implement the ACA to expand health care quality and access.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 10 million Americans, including 1.3 million Floridians1 have high quality, affordable health insurance coverage. The rate of uninsured people in Florida has fallen to 15% from 21% in 2010, before the ACA. Covering people with high quality health insurance is critical because health insurance coverage enables people to live healthier lives, reduces premature deaths, and improves financial stability for consumers.
The tax credit subsidies that continue to be available under the Affordable Care Act assure 1.3 million Floridians that they will remain insured through the Marketplace. In the coming open enrollment period that begins November 1, 2015 for 2016 coverage, we anticipate more than 2.5 million Floridians will enroll in affordable high quality coverage2.
On the same day as the Supreme Court’s decision that offers affordable coverage for consumers without access to group coverage through their employers, Governor Scott withdrew his frivolous and distracting lawsuit disputing how Florida partially pays for health care for people without coverage. With these baseless diversions behind us, our elected officials in Tallahassee now need to take action to improve health and health care access for 800,000 Floridians by expanding Medicaid in Florida. Now that the Supreme Court has spoken, it is time to fulfill the promise of meaningful health reform for all Americans, including those who remain in the coverage gap.