While Attorney General Jon Bruning and Governor Dave Heineman are celebrating the decison of a judge that the federal health care coverage mandate is unconstitutonal, State Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha does not feel the same. He released this statement.
“I am confident that the Affordable Care Act will ultimately be upheld. The individual responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act is necessary to prevent the cost-shifting that occurs when individuals who choose not to purchase health insurance access health care that they can’t pay for. Everyone participates in our health care system at one time or another, and every year billions of dollars of uncompensated care costs are passed on to those with private insurance and onto taxpayers. People who choose not to purchase health insurance do not opt out of the health care economy, so it falls within Congress’ power to regulate this economic activity,” said Senator Jeremy Nordquist.
“Moreover, the Florida judge has gone beyond a narrow ruling on the individual responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act to declare the entire law null and void. This overreaching judgment jeopardizes all of the significant advancements in the Affordable Care Act. Overturning or repealing the Affordable Care Act will eliminate the meaningful improvements that prevent insurance companies from denying, capping, and limiting the care and coverage that we pay for,” said Nordquist. “If the entire Affordable Care Act were to be overturned, insurance companies will again be able to deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, seniors will continue to struggle to afford prescription drugs, and tax credits to small businesses to help them purchase health insurance for their employees will be eliminated. While the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, returning to the status quo of our broken health care system is not a viable option for Nebraska families. We need to move forward to protect the health care coverage they have, increase accessibility for those who are unable to get the care they need, and to ensure that all Nebraska families are able to see a family doctor.”
Senator Nordquist represents downtown and South Omaha at the Nebraska Unicameral and serves as the Chair of the Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.