Statement on Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act


An important message from Ramin Davidoff, MD, and Richard S. Isaacs, MD, FACS, co-CEOs of The Permanente Federation

Since it was enacted in 2010, the Affordable Care Act has extended health coverage to more than 20 million people and provided millions more with more-robust, stable coverage. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in California v. Texas preserves the law and protects those gains for the individuals and families who rely upon the health care that we deliver. The ruling enables us to build on the ACA’s strong foundation, to expand coverage and advance value-based care nationwide. 

Permanente Medicine is grounded in the belief that everyone should have access to high-quality health coverage. Kaiser Permanente will continue to advocate for a U.S. health care system that is affordable and sustainable, and which delivers high-quality care. We urge policymakers to build on our country’s progress over the past decade, which has enabled more people to access health care and coverage in the United States than ever before. 

About the Permanente Medical Groups

The Permanente Medical Groups are self-governed, physician-led, prepaid, multispecialty medical groups composed of more than 23,000 physicians. We are dedicated to the mission of improving the health of our patients and communities. Together with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, we are Kaiser Permanente – an award-winning health care system that delivers Permanente Medicine to more than 12.4 million Kaiser Permanente members. We work collaboratively, enabled by state-of-the-art facilities and technology, to provide preventive and world-class complex care in eight states – from Hawaii to Maryland – and the District of Columbia.

About The Permanente Federation

The Permanente Federation LLC (the Federation) is the national leadership and consulting organization for the eight Permanente Medical Groups (PMGs), which, together with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, comprise Kaiser Permanente. The Federation works on behalf of the PMGs to optimize care delivery and spread Permanente Medicine – medicine that is person- and family-centered, compassionate, evidence-based, technology-enabled, culturally responsive, team delivered, and physician led. The Federation, based in Oakland, California, fosters an open learning environment and accelerates research, innovation, and performance improvements across the PMGs to expand the reach of Kaiser Permanente’s integrated care delivery model and to lead the nation in transforming care delivery.