(Washington, D.C.) Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the lower court and ruled that the individual responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. The National Women’s Law Center filed an amicus brief in the case.
The following is a statement by Judy Waxman, the National Women’s Law Center Vice President of Health and Reproductive Rights:
“Today’s decision is a victory for millions of American women and families who are already reaping tangible benefits from the new health care law, such as an end to lifetime caps and pre-existing condition exclusions for children. They and others will gain even more security and peace of mind in 2014 when the Affordable Care Act takes full effect and being a woman will no longer be considered a pre-existing condition. For women and families, this decision is not about an abstract constitutional debate, but about their very lives and health.”