NEW YORK, NY – Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger released the following statement regarding today’s U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in King v Burwell, a case which could eliminate tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
“The health and wellbeing of millions of women are at stake in King v Burwell. Individuals around the country could lose eligibility for tax credits that make health care affordable. An increase of costs would push health insurance out of their reach and would topple the ACA.
“About seven million women stand to lose their health care coverage if the High Court strikes down the tax credits; approximately half of which are women of color. The majority of low-wage workers are women and most of those low-wage jobs do not come with affordable health benefits.
“The continuous attacks on the ACA are about politics – not good public policy. It is unconscionable for our county to force women and their families to choose between paying for preventative health care, like birth control, and basic needs, like groceries.”
For more than 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in nearly 100 trailblazing organizations nationwide.