Rep. Levin: Our Intent in Affordable Care Act Text was Clear
WASHINGTON – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today joined former Education and Workforce Ranking Member George Miller, Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack, and families benefiting from the Affordable Care Act to reiterate Congress’ intent that the law’s financial assistance should be available to all Americans, regardless of the state in which they reside.
The event was held this morning to coincide with the filing of the legislators’ bicameral amicus brief in King v. Burwell, which is before the Supreme Court. House and Senate Democratic authors and supporters of the Affordable Care Act filed the brief supporting the Administration’s position that financial assistance in the form of advanceable tax credits should be available to all Americans.
“Our intent was clear when we debated and wrote the Affordable Care Act,” said Rep. Levin. “We wrote a law that created universality and uniformity across the country with regard to consumer protections, insurance market reforms and access to affordable health care. The Affordable Care Act’s tax credits are available for each and every eligible person in each and every state across this country – any other reading of the law does violence to the intent of Congress. This lawsuit is the latest in a five-year campaign to undermine the health reform law and put at risk the health security of all Americans. We filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court today to reiterate – yet again – that the law should be upheld.”