SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California politicians reacted quickly to the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Here are some of the statement released after the decision came down.
Gov. Jerry Brown
“Today’s dramatic Supreme Court ruling removes the last roadblock to fulfilling President Obama’s historic plan to bring health care to millions of uninsured citizens.”
Congresswoman Doris Matsui:
“This decision by the Supreme Court reaffirms what my Democratic colleagues and I already knew; the ACA is constitutional and has already benefited millions of Americans. Access to health care should not be a privilege in this country. It is my hope that now the political games can stop and the ACA will be implemented for those in need of care.
“At its core, the ACA is about expanding access to affordable health care. Today’s decision by the highest court in the land will ensure America’s seniors, young adults, small businesses and many others continue to benefit from this historic legislation.”
Senator Barbara Boxer:
“The Supreme Court’s ruling is a victory for America’s families, who deserve affordable health care.
“The decision is great news for the millions of Californians who have already seen the benefits of this law – including the six million who now have access to free preventive health services, 355,000 young adults who now have coverage on their parents’ health plans and 320,000 seniors who have received help in paying for their prescription drugs.
“Now Americans will have the certainty of knowing they won’t be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition. Women won’t be charged a higher premium because of their gender. And families struggling with serious illnesses will not face lifetime limits on coverage.
“We will continue to fight Republican efforts to repeal these important health benefits while we work to make sure every American has access to quality, affordable health care.”
Congressman Wally Herger:
“Today, the Supreme Court ruled that President Obama’s health care law can be considered constitutional only if it is understood to violate the President’s repeated promise that he would not raise taxes on middle-income Americans. Although I continue to believe that the Democrats’ health care law exceeds Congress’s constitutional authority and am disappointed that the Court has allowed it to stand, nothing in the Court’s ruling suspends the laws of math or makes the law any more affordable or sustainable. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the health care law is now expected to cost $1.8 trillion over the next 10 years. Due to perverse incentives in the law, independent analyses estimate that many employers will find it cheaper to pay the fine than to continue providing insurance for their employees. As a result, millions of American workers could lose the coverage they have and like, breaking another of the President’s pledges. This is an incremental step to a complete government takeover of health care. If you prize the efficiency of the Department of Motor Vehicles, you will love healthcare under the Democrat law.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling makes it clear that it is up to the people’s elected representatives to overturn this bad law. House Republicans believe the solution to our health care challenges lies in putting patients in control instead of insurance companies or government bureaucrats, and I remain committed to fully repealing this bad law and replacing it with reforms that reduce costs and make health care more affordable without expanding the size of government.”
Congressman John Garamendi:
“When people fall ill, we should help them get better. Most of us have experienced hard times. Many of us have gone without health coverage. When you lay all the heated rhetoric and legalese aside, the health care debate is really about what we’re going to do when people get sick or injured. In America, we should take care of each other. It is irresponsible to force millions of Americans to delay treatment because they can’t afford it, to live one broken leg or one chronic illness away from financial calamity,“Today a 5-4 majority in the Supreme Court made the right decision. President Obama and Democrats in Congress did the right thing. We developed a plan that extended health coverage to most Americans. We fulfilled our moral obligation to seniors, to children, and to hardworking Americans. The Supreme Court sided with our authority to improve health care for all Americans,
“The health care law establishes a powerful Patient’s Bill of Rights. No longer will Americans with a pre-existing condition be denied health coverage. No longer will women be charged more for coverage. The health law will finally close the prescription drug donut hole, so seniors can afford their medication. The benefits of the Affordable Care Act have already started. 32.5 million Seniors have already received free preventative services. Three million additional young adults now have health coverage because of the law. Small businesses can take advantage of tax credits so they can provide insurance for their employees. Starting in 2014, 30 million more Americans will be able to afford access to health care,
“Jesus taught us, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” All the world’s great religions urge us to be compassionate and to help the sick. All good people recoil at the sight of needless suffering and cruelty,
“We all deserve the freedom from want and the freedom from fear. While I hope to eventually see Medicare for All in America, the Affordable Care Act is a vast improvement over the dark days when we allowed the insurance companies to run roughshod over our health.”
Lloyd H. Dean, President/CEO Dignity Health:(5th Largest Health System In the U.S.)
“This is a victory for patient care. While it is not a perfect bill, the Affordable Care Act does enable us to finally bring the American health care system into the 21st Century. The real value of this legislation is that it changes the financing system so that we are incentivized for quality. We look forward to continuing our implementation of the reform measures and we will continue to be strong advocates for universal access.”
Shelly Schlenker, Vice President, Public Policy and Advocay for Dignity Health:
“This decision upholds both the principle and the process for reforming our nation’s health system. We can now continue our work to expand care to those in need, knowing the policies are in place that will foster higher quality and lower costs for all. Dignity Health and its hospitals in the Sacramento region began implementing reforms even before the Affordable Care law was passed, and we look forward to continuing this work with the assurance of a strengthened national health care system,” said Shelly Schlenker, vice president, public policy and advocacy.”
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez:
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is a victory for all Californians. The Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the landmark Affordable Care Act will ensure that the President’s efforts expand access to affordable, quality health care for individuals regardless of age, income, or pre-existing conditions will continue moving forward.
“As the author of legislation establishing California’s Health Care Exchange, I am committed to continuing our work to reform California’s healthcare system to ensure that millions of Californians can get coverage that is comprehensive and affordable and doesn’t discriminate based on pre-existing conditions.
“President Obama and Congressional Democrats showed great leadership in enacting the Affordable Care Act and today’s decision reinforces that leadership. California has been the national leader on implementing federal healthcare reform, and today’s decision affirming the wisdom and constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act means we will continue to move full-speed ahead.”
CA Attorney General Kamala Harris:
“Today’s decision is a historic victory for Californians, for the President, and for the country. The Affordable Care Act repairs a healthcare system badly in need of reform and ensures that every American has access to affordable health care. We never doubted the constitutionality of this law, and it is already making a difference in the lives of millions of Californians.”