The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act — upholding the health-care law while (significantly) stating that the health insurance mandate was a “tax” — is gobbling up the news cycle, and politicians (especially Democrats who see this as a big boost for Obama) are sending out their reactions. *Read the ruling yourself here, and keep this key portion in mind, from the opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts:
“Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”
Now, for quotes from the press releases (for more on politicians’ and others reactions check out the Politics on Hudson blog, too).
UPDATE: State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat, said this:
“… The law has significant fiscal implications for our state, providing more than $1 billion annually in new Medicaid assistance and delivering affordable health coverage for New Yorkers. While we have not yet solved the challenge of balancing health care access and cost, today’s decision moves us one step closer to reforming our nation’s costly health care system.”
Here’s one from Joe Carvin, GOP candidate for the House of Representatives 17th District. *Worth noting: Carvin sent out a media advisory earlier in the day offering himself up as an expert, because his brother, Michael Carvin, is the lead attorney who argued against the Affordable Care Act, or as his press team called it, “Obamacare.”:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is deeply disappointing, but it serves to highlight two critical facts: Obamacare represents the largest tax increase in U.S. history, and it must be struck down legislatively by the Congress …”
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, a Democrat whose district is now 18 but will soon be 17, sent this:
“I am pleased the Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act, protecting access to health insurance and quality of coverage for millions of Americans. This decision protects the coverage of 17 million children with pre-existing conditions, 6.6 million young adults on their parents’ plans, and 86 million seniors and families receiving free preventive care. …”
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (a Democrat) said this in a press statement:
“The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is an historic victory for the tens of millions more Americans who will be covered by health insurance. The law’s effects will be significant in our state, where over two million people are uninsured. Over a million uninsured New Yorkers will soon have access to affordable coverage. This law will continue to provide a spectrum of key consumer protections including keeping young adults on their parents’ plans, ending pre-existing condition restrictions, and increasing consumer information about health care choices. My office stands ready to enforce the Affordable Care Act to ensure that all New Yorkers will benefit from the law’s protections.”
UPATE: U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, D-Bronx, issued a press release that can’t resist the zingers. Of late, the Democrat has included sharp criticisms of the GOP leadership’s penchant for obstructionism. His comments on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act are no exception as he zings the court’s earlier rulings. (yup, he went there…) Engel says:
“I am both pleased and a little surprised to see that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act, flying in the face of conservative pressure, similar to their decision in the Arizona immigration case earlier this week. After their partisan decisions in Bush v. Gore and Citizens United, I was not alone in my skepticism that they could avoid politics on these issues. I am very pleased to see they upheld this law, as I was always certain of its constitutionality.”
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, weighs in. Her press release brings it back to Congress, and its proclivity for political bickering and inaction:
“I am pleased the Supreme Court reaffirmed the hard fought progress that was made to ensure that no one can be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing condition, young adults will be covered, prescription drug costs for seniors will be reduced, preventive care including life-saving mammograms will be accessible and that insurance companies can’t cancel their coverage when you get sick. It is time to get beyond scoring political points and get back to finding common core values and passing legislation that will help grow our economy and get more people back to work.”
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