House Democratic Caucus Seniors Task Force Celebrates One-Year Anniversary Of Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision

June 28, 2013

Washington, DC – Today, the House Democratic Caucus Seniors Task Force celebrates the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s monumental decision confirming Congressional authority to pass the Affordable Care Act and allowing the Affordable Care Act to remain the law of the land:

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Co-Chair of the Seniors Task Force: “The one year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare is a time to celebrate its many benefits. Seniors have already seen vast improvements. Because of Obamacare, 34 million seniors have already received at least one preventive service, such as cancer and diabetes screenings or the new annual wellness exam. Obamacare has also saved 6.3 million seniors in the Part D donut hole $6.1 billion on their prescription drugs. Obamacare is also helping us protect the Medicare Trust Fund by granting HHS new tools and resources to combat Medicare fraud. This ensures that valuable Medicare dollars only go to pay for health services for beneficiaries instead of being pilfered by fraudsters who attempt to get rich at the expense of beneficiaries’ health and financial security.”

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06), Co-Chair of the Seniors Task Force: “One year ago today, the Supreme Court reaffirmed what millions of Americans already knew; the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and the law of the land. Thanks to the ACA, millions of Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. To date, the ACA has helped millions of seniors save nearly $6 billion on prescription drugs and begin to receive free preventative services such as mammograms and wellness visits. The ACA has also helped to keep insurance companies honest, protecting all Americans from industry abuses. As we move towards full implementation in 2014, I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that all Americans, and especially our nation’s seniors, receive the many benefits of the Affordable Care Act.”

For more information about the House Democratic Caucus Seniors Task Force, go to http://www.dems.gov/seniors