AMSA Response to King v. Burwell Decision


June 25, 2015

Media Contact:
Deborah V. Hall, MD
Phone: (703) 620-6600
Email: pres@amsa.org

Future Physicians Applaud Supreme Court’s Decision that Protects Access to Care

Sterling, Va. — Today, the Supreme Court of the United States protected more than 6 million low- and middle-income Americans with their 6-3 ruling that the tax credits for individuals enrolled through federal exchanges are permitted. The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) commends this decision.

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more than 12 million adults who were previously uninsured gained access to care. In the 34 states that have refused to set up their own exchanges, more than 7.5 million people must rely on the federal exchanges. Without subsidies as many as 6 million of them could have been forced to lose their coverage. “Chief Justice Roberts captured the essence of what was at stake with the words, ‘Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,’” says Dr. Deborah V. Hall, national president of AMSA. “While the ACA is imperfect and still leaves far too many Americans without access to care, I am relieved that the Supreme Court rejected the plaintiff’s argument and did not toss 6 million Americans back out in the cold without access to care.”

For more than 60 years, AMSA has been fighting for a quality, affordable health care system that works for patients and physicians. AMSA believes the best solution to our health care crisis is a publicly financed, federally administered, privately delivered system of health care for all.

About the American Medical Student Association                                                                              

AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. To learn more about AMSA, our strategic priorities, or joining the organization, please visit us online atwww.amsa.org/.

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Sources:

March 31, 2015 Effectuated Enrollment Snapshot, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2015-Fact-sheets-items/2015-06-02.html

Collins SR, Rasmussen PW, Doty MM, Beutel S. Tracking Trends in Health system performance; Commonwealth Fund Americans’ Experiences with Marketplace and Medicaid Coverage; Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey, March–May 2015. pub. 1822 Vol. 16

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/files/publications/issue-brief/2015/jun/1822_collins_americans_experience_marketplace_medicaid_tb.pdf