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American Association for Justice- “Affordable Care Act”

January 1, 2013

For Immediate Release: June 28, 2012 Contact: Michelle Widmann Kimmel American Association for Justice 202-965-3500 x8369 michelle.kimmel@justice.org

AAJ Response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC— The following is a statement from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gary M. Paul in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a step forward not only in the fight to expand access to healthcare, but also in the fight to protect patients’ access to justice.

“This ruling bolsters AAJ’s longstanding argument that federal efforts to deny patients’ legal rights by mandating changes to state laws and state courts exceed Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause and violate our system of federalism.

“Going forward, any efforts to address the American healthcare system must have a strong focus on improving patient safety and ensuring accountability.”

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As the world’s largest trial bar, the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) works to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others—even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations. Visit http://www.justice.org/newsroom.

http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/18737.htm

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