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AARP “Deeply Disappointed” with Florida Court’s Ruling on Affordable Care Act


January 31, 2011

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AARP “Deeply Disappointed” with Florida Court’s Ruling on Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON—AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released this statement following today’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida:

“AARP is deeply disappointed that the court ruled against the Affordable Care Act, which is helping to ensure every American can get affordable health and long-term care, including discounted prescription drugs in the Medicare doughnut hole, free preventive care and new insurance options for young adults.

“AARP joined with other consumer advocates in support of the law’s Medicaid provisions because of our long history of working to strengthen this lifeline for millions of older Americans in need of health and long-term care, including home and community-based services.  We are pleased that the court found no legal basis for the plaintiffs’ Medicaid claim.

“We’re deeply disappointed, however, by the court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act and the individual mandate, which allows for important insurance market reforms that will make access to coverage a possibility for Americans who are today shut out due to their age, gender or pre-existing conditions.”

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