Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard that earlier today the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the vast majority of the provisions in thethe Affordable Care Act are constitutional, a decision that no doubt came as a surprise to many. Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the court’s more liberal bloc in making the ruling.
There’s been a lot of reaction from folks on both sides of the issue, and here’s some statements from various elected officials and organizations here in Wisconsin.
Here’s the statement of Democratic State Rep. Mark Pocan, who’s running to replace Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional district.
“As a progressive, I see the Affordable Care Act as a critical first step toward universal health care coverage. In the Wisconsin Assembly, I helped guarantee coverage to 98 percent of our residents as well as all of our children. On the Joint Finance Committee, I fought to implement that coverage along with SeniorCare, Wisconsin healthcare programs that the Affordable Care Act bolsters.
“In Congress I will continue to work to expand health care. I look forward to the day when every man, woman, and child receives health care as a right, not a privilege.”
Here’s a statement from Democrat Pat Kreitlow, who’s challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Sean Duffy in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional district.
“Talking with Wisconsin families who are worried about the cost of health care and The Affordable Care Act’s impact on government spending, it’s clear that this law and the decision upholding it was an important step, but there are a lot of changes that need to be made before we can have true reform.
“As we go forward, let’s not forget what the health care issue is all about. Families and small business owners cannot afford to go back to a system where abuses by private insurance companies create higher medical bills and hurt local job creation. We need folks in Washington who are willing to overcome partisan differences to take on the real challenge of exploding health care costs families face without returning to a system that enabled insurance company abuses against our children and without creating a system that unduly hurts jobs and adds to the deficit.
“I understand what middle class families and small businesses in Northern and Central Wisconsin are going through, and I will make sure that their voices – not those of insurance or pharmaceutical special interests – are what guide choices going forward. A healthy economy depends on healthy families and reducing costs for healthy outcomes.”
And here’s the reaction of Ken Taylor, the executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling is great news for everyone in Wisconsin,” said Ken Taylor, executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. “Many Wisconsinites have been benefiting from the parts of health care reform already in effect. This decision will allow thousands more to benefit from a health care system that is fairer and more responsive to the needs of health care consumers.”
And last (but certainly not least), here’s the statement of Rob Zerban, the Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Paul Ryan in the 1st Congressional district.
“I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, protecting millions of Americans from living at the mercy of health insurance corporations,” said Rob Zerban.
“While I still support stronger healthcare plans, like ‘Medicare for All’, President Obama’s health care reform was a bold move in the right direction toward providing affordable healthcare for all Americans.
“It is a shame that Paul Ryan did not, and continues not to support providing health care for people in his district. From voting against the Affordable Care Act to working to end Medicare as we know it, Paul Ryan would gladly put American families at risk simply to ensure profits for his campaign contributors in the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.”