Statement from Borough President Diaz
RE: Supreme Court's Decision on the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act
“Today the Supreme Court delivered a major victory for the American people by upholding the ‘individual mandate’ of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“This is an important law that affects millions of residents across the country. In a borough where a high percentage of residents are uninsured, it is imperative for this law to remain so that Bronxites can access and afford the care they need. According to the Bronx Health Link, about 99,000 Bronx residents will gain private insurance coverage in 2014, when this part of the law is implemented, and the uninsured rate will go down from 21% in 2009 to 14%. Moreover, up to 70,000 more New York State residents would have been eligible for Medicaid starting in 2014.
“It is because of this law we have made a fundamental and transformative change to how those with preexisting conditions will receive the care they so desperately need. It is because of this law we have taken a substantial step in fixing a broken system.
“But there is more work to be done. By striking down the Medicaid expansion provision, we have missed a tremendous opportunity to impact those areas with the greatest economic need. We must continue to push Congress to make the needed reforms to Medicaid so that more Americans can receive benefits under this important program.
“We thank the President for his leadership. Residents in our borough and those across the country will have greater rights and protections when it comes to healthcare. Today is a victory for all Americans,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.