Friday, June 26, 2015

AZ Rep Dr Eric Meyer: Health care ruling good for Arizonans and for the economy

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), released this statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that people who use the federal health care exchange for insurance are eligible for tax subsidies:

“As an emergency physician, I have a unique appreciation for how important this decision is for the people of Arizona. The Supreme Court ruling means that more than 126,000 Arizonans will keep the federal subsidies that help make access to health care more affordable.  Not only is this good for our health care system, which was collapsing under the costs of uncompensated care, but it’s also good for our economy. The health care industry creates quality, high-paying jobs. This is one of the reasons why most hospitals and many in the business community supported Medicaid expansion as well. The money that comes to Arizonans through the exchange subsidies are our tax dollars that we are getting back from the federal government.  That system will stay in place and our state will continue to benefit from it.”