For Immediate Release: June 28, 2012

Today's Affordable Care Act Ruling Momentous for Hard Working Americans

Following is a statement by Alan W. Houseman, executive director of CLASP, regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling this morning on the Affordable Care Act:

"Today's ruling is a momentous one for the country and for millions of hard working Americans. More and more families are falling out of the middle class and joining the growing number of poor families living on the edge. These families are struggling to afford the basics. With many having lost jobs during the recession, they are without employer-sponsored health insurance. Many low-wage workers do not have access to employer-sponsored insurance, and cannot afford the premiums even when it is offered.

With high health care costs a leading contributor to a growing number of families' economic insecurity, the country desperately needs the Affordable Care Act to help more Americans stay healthy and productive.

Today's decision ensures that we will have a fairer health care system that better meets our workforce and population's needs. While there are still questions on how states will respond to the Medicaid expansion provision, the ruling is a real victory for all Americans."

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