Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare; Millions of Americans Benefit from Historic Health Care Reform
June 29, 2012
By AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare means that tens of millions of Americans will continue to benefit from this historic achievement. Millions of families already benefit from the law. Children with pre-existing conditions will not be denied coverage. Children up to the age of 26 can remain on their parents’ health care policies. Millions of seniors can continue to depend on free cancer screenings and help with their prescription drug costs.
When fully implemented, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny anyone coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
The Court has ruled that Congress cannot require states to expand their Medicaid funding to help poor Americans receive medical care. We will work at the state level to ensure that as many Americans as possible will receive the coverage they deserve. States should take advantage of the incentives in Obamacare and move forward to implement this far-reaching reform. Republican leaders in Congress must stop their campaign to undermine these reforms.
This is a major victory for working families. This is a good day for America.