Senator Van de Putte Applauds Supreme Court Ruling
(Austin) — Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, R.Ph. (District 26, Bexar County) applauded the court's ruling.
"I'm extremely pleased that the Affordable Care Act, which has already benefited so many Texans, will continue to bring care to people who otherwise would not have health insurance," said Sen. Van de Putte. "Today, 32 million have the promise of healthcare, including 9 million Latinos and 6 million Texans.
"As a pharmacist, I swear an oath that reads, I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of human suffering my primary concerns. I am so proud that President Obama and the federal government will do so as well."
Among the ACA's many benefits thus far here in Texas:
- 300,371 young adults gained health care coverage through their parents' plan
- 4,029 individuals with preexisting conditions now have health care
- 55,280 seniors saved an average of $1,384 on prescription drugs
- 3,836,000 received preventive care with no co-pays
"As a health care professional, I'm glad that the government will finally address the fact that one in every four Texans is uninsured, the highest rate in the nation," Van de Putte said. "Now people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own won't have to fear losing their health insurance. Hardworking Americans will not be forced into bankruptcy due to medical catastrophe. And every American family will have the reality of a family doctor at an affordable cost.
"As a legislator, I'm pleased that more people will have access to preventative health care, and that taxpayers will be paying for fewer expensive emergency room visits.
"President Obama's health care law is a prescription for our future. Now Texas needs to fill that prescription."