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VICTORY! Supreme Court upholds health care law – children win big

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by Félix Pérez/photo courtesy of ibison4

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a landmark 5-4 ruling, upheld today the heart of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care law. Among the winners from the historic ruling are children, who as a result of the law can no longer be denied coverage by health insurance companies because of a pre-existing condition.

“Children are the big winners in today’s decision,” said Arizona high school math teacher and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel in a statement.

“NEA members know how a child’s education can be disrupted by illness or lack of regular medical or dental care. We worked closely with the Obama Administration to make sure this law passed, so that tens of thousands of families could no longer be denied insurance.”

In 2011 alone, as many as 72,000 children received health care coverage due to the pre-existing prohibition in the law.

Kentucky teacher Renee Hargrove has seen the benefits of President Obama’s health care law up close and personal. “I’ve had students whose parents have had to choose between paying for their children’s ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) medication and their asthma medication,” she wrote to EdVotes. “The health care reform means they no longer have to make such choices.”

The Supreme Court also left intact a provision in the law that allows young adults up to age 26 to be covered under their parents’ family policies. More than 3 million young adults are now covered who would not have been covered otherwise.

“Before Obama’s ACA (Affordable Care Act), too many young people were uninsured and had their lives and education interrupted by insurmountable medical bills and crippling debt,” said Van Roekel.

Click here to tell Congress you support the Supreme Court decision and oppose any efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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