COLUMBUS—State Representative John Patrick Carney (D-Columbus) released this statement following the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act:
“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act means Ohio must take immediate action to implement an Ohio-specific health insurance exchange before the deadline. If we do not have an exchange in place, the federal government will set up an exchange for us.
“For the past few months, State Representative Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and I have been working with great diligence on crafting a consensus Health Exchange Bill. We now have a draft that all stakeholders including insurers, providers, businesses, and consumers agree upon.
“We have a lot of work yet to do and I am calling upon my colleagues across the aisle to come together to work with us to ensure that Ohio maintains its robust insurance market and provides affordable, quality options to its citizens.”