Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Torres Statement on Supreme Court ACA Decision

June 25, 2015
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell upholding the federal government’s ability to provide health insurance subsidies to individuals enrolled in the federal exchange:
The Affordable Care Act has given millions of American families access to affordable health insurance, freed them from the fear of going bankrupt because of a single accident, and finally barred insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
Today’s decision isn’t a victory for the ACA; it’s a victory for the millions of people who live in states whose leaders chose to put politics over their residents’ wellbeing.  It’s time we stop fighting over the ACA and focus our efforts on expanding access to affordable health care.  Moving forward, I hope more states will follow my home state of California’s lead and set up their own exchanges to make sure their health insurance markets are meeting the unique needs of their states.
This law may not be perfect, but I remain committed to improving it, just as I did during my time in the State Legislature.  This isn’t about politics or proving a point.  It’s about doing what’s right for the people we represent.