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June 17, 2021
Health Care Voices founder Laura Packard Applauds SCOTUS Ruling to Uphold the ACA
DENVER—Today, Health Care Voices founder and cancer survivor Laura Packard applauded the United States Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. For millions of Americans, the Court’s decision to officially rule the ACA constitutional—and thereby protect their health insurance—means the difference between life and death. While today’s ruling is a huge victory for all Americans, for the 135 million people living with pre-existing conditions, like Laura, the decision to uphold couldn’t be more critical.
In 2017, the day after Laura’s first chemotherapy appointment, most Republicans in the House voted to strike down the ACA and strip 23 million people of their health care. While volleys of anti-ACA efforts have met defeat throughout the past years, the Republican Party in their party platform as recently as last year has promised to never stop trying to sabotage or outright repeal the protections of the Affordable Care Act.
“Without the Affordable Care Act, I would be bankrupt or dead. No insurance company would ever choose to cover people like me, a stage 4 cancer survivor, unless they had to. I am so grateful that the law stands, and will continue to protect the millions of Americans that rely upon it every day. Now we can work towards expanding health care to everyone and making sure it is affordable and available to all.” said Health Care Voices founder Laura Packard.
Laura encourages all Americans to take advantage of the SCOTUS ruling by enrolling in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act in the special enrollment period through August 15 (including additional subsidies from the American Rescue Plan), and reminds every health care ally to continue making their voice heard.
“To the millions of Americans who rely on the Affordable Care Act and fought to protect it—thank you. We made the difference. We stepped up and shared our stories, and we stopped the repeal efforts in Congress, and stopped them in the courts. To the legislators backing sabotage efforts—remember who you serve, and who votes you into office. We are watching and we will remember too.” said Health Care Voices founder Laura Packard.