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Jaime Herrera Beutler statement on Today’s Court Ruling Against the ACA

Ruling comes on the heels of additional glitches in the Washington state exchange

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Washington, July 22, 2014 | comments
Jaime Herrera Beutler today issued the following statement after the D.C. Court of Appeals decision in Halbig v. Burwell.
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Jaime Herrera Beutler today issued the following statement after the D.C. Court of Appeals decision in Halbig v. Burwell.

“This ruling against one of the health care law’s central pillars is just one latest reminder of how problem-riddled and unworkable the Affordable Care Act is.  Five years ago, Congress hastily passed this massive health care bill in order to find out what it did – and since then, Southwest Washington families have seen their premiums go up, their plans cancelled, the loss of their doctors, and their access to care limited.  In Washington state, just this week we found out that the health care coverage of 6,000 Washington state residents has been jeopardized over yet another of the law’s ‘glitches.’  We don’t need any more glaring reminders that our region needs better patient-centered health care reform that makes health care more accessible, affordable and higher quality for everyone.  There are better solutions to ensure Americans who are young, or struggling, or living with a pre-existing condition can access good health care.”

Background:

-Today the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the federal exchange could not provide the subsidies to Americans that it had promised.
-This week, the Seattle Times detailed the latest flaw in Washington’s Health Exchange.  Up to 6,000 people have been impacted and are being told they don’t have health care coverage.
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