(Spokane, WA) June 28, 2012 - Congressional Candidate Rich Cowan's (D, WA-5) statement on the United States Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act:
"The Supreme Court did the right thing for our health care today.
In upholding the Affordable Care Act, the decision protects the 180,000 residents of Eastern Washington and the rest of the nation struggling to get insurance, and restores the competitiveness of American business on a global scale.
As a business owner I have experienced first hand how important basic, affordable health care is to employees. And for those who are not working, their lack of medical care is frightening and can be life threatening.
The most vulnerable will no longer be excluded because of pre-existing conditions. Young adults up to age 26 will be able to remain on their parents' insurance. We will have more choices, families and small business will save money, children and seniors will have preventive care with no more co-pays. Most importantly, people can still keep their private insurance and their doctor.
This is a victory for "our Washington." There are parts of this law that can be improved, like cost containment and access issues, but it is time to put aside the partisan bickering and put America back to work."